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Sergio Parisse will lead the Baa Baas on Saturday

Italy and Stade Français back-rower Sergio Parisse will lead the Barbarians for a second successive week when they take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Winger Paul Sackey, centre Mathieu Bastareaud, second-rower Paul Tito and fellow back-rower Joe van Niekerk are the only others to retain their places from the team that beat England last weekend.

Heineken Cup winner Isa Nacewa is named at full-back while Munster’s Magners League winning Doug Howlett takes his place on the left wing. In the forwards, Welsh veteran Martyn Williams takes George Smith’s blindside jersey, while another Welshman, Iestyn Thomas, is named at loosehead.

Barbarians team to face Wales

15        Isa Nacewa (Leinster and Fiji)

14        Paul Sackey (Toulon and England)

13        Seru Rabeni (La Rochelle and Fiji)

12        Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais Paris and France)

11        Doug Howlett (Munster and New Zealand)

10        Brock James (Clermont Auvergne)

9          Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres Olympique and France)

1          Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets and Wales)

2         Sebastien Bruno (Toulon and France)

3         Carl Hayman (Toulon and New Zealand)

4         Iosefa Tekori (Castres Olympique and Samoa)

5         Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues)

6         Joe van Niekerk (Toulon and South Africa)

7         Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues and Wales)

8         Sergio Parisse (captain, Stade Francais Paris and Italy)


16        Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso and Italy)

17        Davit Kubriashvili (Toulon and Georgia)

18        Erik Lund (Biarritz Olympique and Norway)

19        George Smith (Toulon and Australia)

20        Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues)

21        Willie Mason (Toulon)

22        Benoit Baby (Clermont Auvergne and France)