Limerick hooker lines out for the Baa-Baas

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick hooker Ger Slattery, middle row, extreme right, lined out for the Barbarians in their clash with Clontarf at Castle Avenue this Wednesday night
YOUNG Munster hooker Ger Slattery starred for the Barbarians in their spectacular fixture with newly crowned All-Ireland champions Clontarf at Castle Avenue this Wednesday night.

YOUNG Munster hooker Ger Slattery starred for the Barbarians in their spectacular fixture with newly crowned All-Ireland champions Clontarf at Castle Avenue this Wednesday night.

The glamour fixture which ended in a 43-42 win for ‘Tarf was part of the Battle of Clontarf 1,000th anniversary celebrations.

Ger Slattery was one of five Ireland club players who played for the Baa-Baas, with their squad also including five full internationals.

In keeping with the tradition of the invitational team, players can retain the socks from their ‘home’ strip with Slattery choosing to wear one Young Munster sock and one Richmond sock in the game.

Twenty six-year-old Ger Slattery made his full Munster debut in the PRO12 last December against Connacht at Thomond Park. The former Ireland U-20 Grand Slam winner went on to make three more appearances for Munster in the competition in February, bagging a brace of tries against Zebre at Musgrave Park.

The Barbarians side was captained by Welsh prop Ben Evans. The squad featured the multi-capped Welsh international Ceri Sweeney alongside three new Barbarian internationals: England flanker Dean Schofield, Namibia’s scrum-half Ryan De La Harpe, and German international prop Rob Ellaway. Greig Oliver, Munster’s Elite Player Development Officer and the province’s U-20 head coach was assistant coach for the Barbarians to current Lansdowne and Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock.

Wednesday night’s game was refereed by Nigel Owens. Clontarf were just the fifth Irish club side to face the Baa-Baas.