Will Skelton becomes first Barbarians player to be sent off
England were trailing 19-11 at the interval after a mixed first half consisting of a solitary try for Joe Cokanasiga.
Will Skelton becomes the first player to ever see red for @Barbarian_FC
— Stuart Farmer (@Stu_Farmer) June 19, 2022
The Barbarians led the try count 3-1 but they were reduced to 14 men after the 6 foot 8 inch Skelton was sent off for a shoulder to the head of Patrick Schickerling.
Ugo Monye observed wryly: “Two yellows in the #GallagherPrem final and Will Skelton gets a red for that. Not surprised at the confusion right now”
Two yellows in the #GallagherPrem final and Will Skelton gets a red for that ????? not surprised at the confusion right now
— Ugo Monye (@ugomonye) June 19, 2022
Skelton’s selection has left the invitation side’s French coach Fabien Galthie wondering why the big man isn’t more of a regular fixture still for the Wallabies.
“Will is big and good and clever. I don’t know why he is not an international player now – maybe they manage players in their country, and overseas maybe not – but in this case it is an opportunity for us because Will wanted to play with George Kruis,” said Galthie.
“It is like a present for George because they played at Saracens years ago. It is a nice story.”
Australian Jones, defending an unbeaten coaching record for England against the Wallabies, will be hoping to stretch his sequence to 11 straight wins over his home country by winning the July series 3-0.
French players make up 10 of the starting line-up, with captain Charles Ollivon back in international action after being sidelined during the championship with injury.
additional reporting PA and AAP
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