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RUGBY UNION: BARBARIANS Montgomery's big chance to impress.

Byline: GARETH ROBERTS

SPRINGBOKS full-back Percy Montgomery has the chance to impress potential new employers Newport at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow.

But New Zealand superstars Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen will miss out on the Barbarians' trip to Cardiff after flying home to attend an All Blacks training camp.

The side, coached by Rod Macqueen - the man who guided Australia to World Cup glory in 1999 - will include several changes from the team beaten 53-29 by England at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Baa-Baas suffered a succession of injury blows and tour captain Todd Blackadder and French centre Stephane Glas will play no further part on the three-game trip because of hamstring problems. Similar complaints have sidelined Thomas Castaignede and Kupu Vanisi.

Macqueen though, is hopeful that both Castaignede and Vanisi will be fit for Saturday's appointment with Scotland at Murrayfield.

While Montgomery lines-up at full-back, Leicester centre Ollie Smith will return to the Millennium Stadium just four days after helping Tigers retain their European title.

Smith is one of three Zurich Premiership players drafted in and the 19-year-old will be joined by Newcastle back Jamie Noon and London Irish skipper Ryan Strudwick.

Flanker Pat Lam skippers the Barbarians on his farewell appearance before retiring with only two survivors from the starting line-up on duty at Twickenham - centre Pita Alatini and fly-half Braam van Straaten.

Saracens centre Kevin Sorrell, an England replacement on Sunday, joins the Baa-Baas' bench alongside his club colleagues Kieran Roche and Kris Chesney. There is also a substitute spot for Newcastle's former Cardiff wing Liam Botham.

Thinus Delport, who, like Montgomery, could leave South African rugby to join Gloucester next season, features as does French Grand Slam hooker Raphael Ibanez and Argentine prop Mauricio Reggiardo.

Smith, meanwhile, will link up with Australian back-row forward Jim Williams, who was a Munster replacement during Saturday's Heineken Cup final, and his Tigers' team-mate Josh Kronfeld.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2002
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