The observant among you will have noticed that Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves has not been selected in the Barbarians team to face England this weekend, contrary to what we reported a week ago.
In a case of developments moving more quickly than he can keep up with, Hargreaves was something of a surprise inclusion in the Springbok team to face Wales on 5 June and had to withdraw from the Barbarians team as a result. It was felt that playing such a big match just a week before (hopefully) making his test debut was too risky and as such, Hargreaves has unfortunately had to turn down the offer of pulling on the famous black-and-white stripes.
Not that he minds, of course, since (for some, at least) representing your country in a test match remains the highest honour possible and something to strive towards, despite any sacrifices that may need to be made along the way. Hargreaves’s spot as the traditional uncapped player in the Barbarians team has gone to fellow South African Ross Skeate.
Let’s hope that Alistair is given another opportunity to play for the Barbarians later in his career, hopefully as an established test veteran.Tweet