Shane Jennings will lead the Barbarians for their game against Ireland in Thomond Park on Thursday, one of a number of players with connections to Irish provinces in a strong starting line-up.

Jennings, who will play his final games as a professional for the Barbarians against Ireland and then an England XV, is joined in the back row by Toulon’s Gerhard Vosloo and Japan’s Ryu Koliniasi Holani.

Toulon’s powerful Georgian Konstantin Mikautadze will be in the second row by Castres’ and Uruguay’s Rodrigo Capo Ortega.

Former Wales tighthead Adam Jones packs down in the front row alongside Deon Fourie and Roberto Tejerizo.

In the backs, too, Robbie Deans continues the Leinster theme, selecting Zane Kirchner at full-back, and the departing Jimmy Gopperth, who will play for Wasps next season, at out-half.

Gopperth is joined at half-back by Ulster’s South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar.

An impressive backline is completed by Wales’ Alex Cuthbert and Toulon’s David Smith on the wings, South African Wynand Olivier at inside centre and the Barbarians record caps-holder Joe Rokocoko at 13.

There’s no place for veteran Brad Thron in the matchday 23, but George Smith takes his place on the replacements bench, along with Harlequins’ Dave Ward, Castres’ Saimone Taumoepeau, Matias Diaz, George Whitelock, Tomas Cubelli, Tusi Pisi, and Gio Aplon.

Ireland named their squad for game on Monday.

Barbarians: Zane Kirchner (Leinster & South Africa); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues & Wales), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne & New Zealand), Wynand Olivier (Montpellier & South Africa), David Smith (Toulon); Jimmy Gopperth (Leinster), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa); Roberto Tejerizo (Tucuman & Argentina), Deon Fourie (Lyon), Adam Jones (Cardiff Blues & Wales); Rodrigo Capo Ortega (Castres & Uruguay), Konstantin Mikautadze (Toulon & Georgia); Shane Jennings (Leinster & Ireland, Capt), Gerhard Vosloo (Toulon), Ryu Koliniasi Holani (Panasonic Wild Knights and Japan). 

Replacements: David Ward (Harlequins), Saimone Taumoepeau (Castres & New Zealand), Matias Diaz (Pampas & Argentina), George Whitelock (Panasonic Wild Knights & New Zealand), George Smith (Lyon & Australia), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Ath & Argentina), Tusi Pisi (Suntory Sungoliath & Samoa), Gio Aplon (Grenoble & South Africa).