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France legend Dusautoir added to Cotter's squad

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FRANCE great Thierry Dusautoir will make the final appearances of his glittering career for the Barbarians at the end of this season against England and Ulster.

Dusautoir is one of three Toulouse players selected by Head Coach Vern Cotter to face England in the Old Mutual Wealth match at Twickenham Stadium on May 28 and Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on June 1.

He will be accompanied by France full back Maxime Medard and Argentina lock Patricio Albacete, while New Zealand lock Jeremy Thrush will join the squad from Gloucester. All four will be making their first appearances for the famous invitation side.

Back row forward Dusautoir led France a record 56 times in his 80 tests and captained the side that reached the final of Rugby World Cup in 2011, when he was named the World Rugby Player of the Year.

Earlier this month the Barbarians confirmed the recruitment of Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia), Will Genia (Australia), Facundo Isa (Argentina) and Census Johnston (Samoa), who bring a wealth of Test experience with them, as well as Glasgow Warriors hooker Corey Flynn (New Zealand) and uncapped Connacht centre Bundee Aki.

“It’s great to welcome Thierry Dusautoir, Maxime Medard, Patricio Albacete and Jeremy Thrush on board,” said Cotter, the Scotland boss who joins Montpellier this summer.

"We’re putting together an exciting group to face England and Ulster and I’m looking forward to working with players of this calibre for what should be two very competitive matches."

The Barbarians will face England for the 16th time since 1990 next month, having won seven and lost eight in the overall series. They then take on Ulster for the first time since 1957 but enjoyed a successful visit to Belfast last November when they beat Fiji 40-7.

Tickets for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup – England v Barbarians – are available now from £5 for kids and £25 for adults. Visit www.englandrugby.com/tickets

Tickets for Ulster v Barbarians, priced from £20 for adults and £12 for juniors, are on general sale at ulsterrugby.com/buytickets For group offers and hospitality packages call (028) 9049 3222. 

PLAYER BIOGRAPHIES

Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina). Position: Second row. Born: 09.12.1981 in Buenos Aires. Age: 35. Height: 6ft 7in. Weight: 19st 3lb. International caps: 57. Points: 5 (1T). Barbarians record: Uncapped

Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France). Position: Back row. Born: 18.11.1981 in Abidjan. Age: 35. Height: 6ft 2in. Weight:15st 10lb.International caps: 80. Points: 30 (6T). Barbarians record: Uncapped

Maxime Medard (Toulouse & France). Position: Full back/wing. Born: 16.11.1986 in Toulouse. Age: 30. Height: 5ft 11in. Weight: 14st. International caps: 47. Points: 63 (12T, DG). Barbarians record: Uncapped

Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand). Position: Second row. Born: 19.04.1985 in Auckland. Age: 32. Height: 6ft 6in. Weight: 18st 8lb. International caps: 11. Points: 10 (2T). Barbarians record: Uncapped