• Shane Jennings to captain the Barbarians in last match before retirement

    shane-jennings-to-captain-barbariansIn what will be his last professional games before retirement this summer, Shane Jennings has been named captain for the Barbarians games against Ireland and then an England XV.

    Following his announcement in February that this season was to be his last, the Ireland and Leinster flanker has been an integral part of the Leinster side that made it to the semi finals of the Champions Cup and while it was a disappointment not to finish with another European cup winners medal, captaining the Barbarians is surely a nice way to sign off after 13 years at the top of the game.

    Joining Jennings in the black and white will be Leinster colleagues Zane Kirchner and Jimmy Gopperth, along with other world class names such as Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar, Welsh winger Alex Cuthbert and All Black Joe Rokocoko. Of his captaincy Jennings says,
    “It’s an honour to lead out such an illustrious team. It’s a great highlight in my career and we’ll be determined to do the Barbarians jersey justice against Ireland.”

    Given Jennings’ tireless service to Irish Rugby we can see no better send off than to lead out an extremely strong Barbarians side against his home nation.