England v Barbarians 2022 live: score and latest updates

Not even 24 hours after the exhilarating last-minute drama of the Premiership final, Twickenham is set to host another showcase match as England take on the Barbarians.

If this afternoon’s game is anything like yesterday’s, it’ll be a white-knuckle ride. While Leicester’s 15-12 victory against Saracens wasn’t exactly liquid rugby, Freddie Burns’ drop goal with 30 seconds to go made for a thrilling end to the Premiership season.

With Leicester players no doubt still celebrating and Sarries recovering and licking their wounds, Eddie Jones is without a significant number of his regular starters today. As such, his England XV is a mix of youngsters, fringe players and familiar faces returning from injury.

The Barbarians, meanwhile, have named an overwhelmingly Francophone side, which is no surprise given that the team has been put together by France coach Fabien Galthie. Speaking exclusively to Telegraph Sport, Galthie has conceded that “our team is essentially a France Development XV”.

Explaining the rationale behind his squad selection, Galthie said: “There are players who are going to be internationals, players who already are, and some who aren’t yet in the [France] starting XV.

“Damian Penaud is already first-choice for us but the others are all developing. They could all get into the French team one day.”

Jones has also been keen to stress that his team is experimental, even if some of the players will be hoping to force their way into his thinking for England’s tour of Australia next month. “This is a young team, they have prepared really well and worked hard over the past few camps to come together as a group… it is a great opportunity to play in this England XV side and show what they can do,” he said.

“We are looking forward to playing against an unusually French Barbarians side – which you normally only get when you play the French Barbarians.

“We’ll use it as an opportunity to develop combinations and assess players for the Australia tour.

“We will put our best foot forward and it should make for a great game of rugby for all of the supporters at Twickenham.”

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