France great Thierry Dusautoir will captain the Barbarians in his final game before his retirement
Friendly: Ulster v Barbarians
Date: Thursday, 1 June Venue: Kingspan Stadium Kick-off: 19:30 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Red button and the BBC Sport website from 19:20

Ruan Pienaar and Roger Wilson will share the captaincy in their last Ulster games as the Irish province host a strong Barbarians side on Thursday.

Pienaar is joining Montpellier after the IRFU refused to extend his Ulster contract while Wilson is retiring.

The Barbarians will be captained by France great Thierry Dusautoir in his last game before he retires.

All Blacks hooker Corey Flynn and Samoan star Joe Tekori join Dusautoir in the Baa-Baas pack.

Despite losing out 28-14 against a young England team on Saturday, Dusautoir says the Barbarians tour is a fitting way to round off a glittering career which included winning 80 France caps and being named world player of the year in 2011.

The Barbarians have named a strong team

“I received the invitation four months ago and it is a nice way for me to say goodbye to rugby. It’s always special to take part in a Barbarians tour,” added the French flanker.

Flynn, who has earned 15 New Zealand caps, is named in a front row which includes Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross, who is also retiring at the end of this season.

Ireland fly-half Ian Madigan will be partnered at half-back by France international Rory Kockott while the visitors’ backline also includes England full-back Alex Goode plus Argentina wing Horacio Agulla.

The strength of the Baa-Baas squad is emphasised by the presence on the bench of players such as Wales international Richard Hibbard, Samoan duo Census Johnston and Kahn Fotuali’i and Racing Metro’s former All Black flanker Chris Masoe.

Ulster’s pack shows three changes from their closing Pro12 win over Leinster with Pete Browne, Mattie Rea and Clive Ross taking over from Kieran Treadwell, Robbie Diack and Sean Reidy.

Ulster are minus a number of regulars on Lions and Ireland duty

With Paddy Jackson on Ireland duty, Brett Herron will partner Pieaar at half-back while youngsters Callum Patterson and Mark Keane are named in a backline that also includes internationals Stuart McCloskey and Craig Gilroy.

Andrew Trimble was not considered for selection because of a knee injury.

Barbarians coach Vern Cotter says that his team are determined to put on a good performance after being defeated on Sunday.

“This is a very competitive and experienced group of Barbarians players and they felt they left a few tries out there at Twickenham,” said the former Scotland coach.

“They are determined to impress against Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium and to live up to everything that goes with representing this historic club.”

Thursday’s match at Kingspan Stadium will be live on the BBC Red button and the BBC Sport website.


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