Tommy Bowe to make Barbarians debut against Fiji in Belfast

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TOMMY Bowe will make his debut for the Barbarians in his home town of Belfast.

The Ulster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions great is in the starting line-up facing Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday, November 11 (7.30pm).

The Barbarians have also drafted double World Cup winner Ben Franks into the front row and have Ulster and South Africa scrum half Ruan Pienaar on the bench.

The famous invitation side scored five tries in their 31-31 draw against South Africa last Saturday and 11 more in a 71-0 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

"It’s a huge honour, I’m delighted to get the call and the Baa Baas is one of the great traditions," said Bowe.

"It’s something I never thought I’d get the chance to do so I’m looking forward to the match. Personally I need game time, to get my match sharpness back and playing a game like this should be right up my alley.

"It’s amazing for the Barbarians to come here to Ulster. It’s the first time since 1957 so it’s a big occasion against the Fijians and it doesn’t get more entertaining rugby-wise."

Ruan Pienaar training at the Kingspan Stadium with the Barbarians

The Barbarians take on Fiji for the first time since 2013, when they won 43-19 at Twickenham with Bismarck du Plessis and Jean de Villiers scoring two tries apiece. Their last appearance in Belfast was 59 years ago when they won 14-11 against an Ulster Invitation XV.

BARBARIANS 
15 Melani Nanai (Blues)
14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders)
13 Tommy Bowe (Ulster & Ireland)
12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders/Panasonic)
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs/Panasonic & Australia)
10 Robert du Preez (Stormers)
9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders/Kobelco & New Zealand, captain)
Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes) 
Akker van der Merwe (Lions) 
Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand)
Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes) 
Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia)
Brad Shields (Hurricanes)
Jordan Taufua (Crusaders) 
Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand)
Replacements
16 Andrew Ready (Reds) 
17 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia)
18 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs & Australia)
19 Martin Muller (Lions)
20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions)
21 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa)
22 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders) 
23 Luke Morahan (Force & Australia)