Salakaia-Loto selected by Barbarians for Saints clash

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Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has been named in the Barbarians squad for Saturday's exhibition clash with Saints at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens (kick-off 2pm).

As reported by this publication earlier this month, the lock will make a rapid return to Northampton, having departed during the summer to join Melbourne Rebels.

The 26-year-old made a big impact at Saints after arriving from the Queensland Reds ahead of the start of last season.

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He played 24 times for the black, green and gold, scoring two tries, but he decided to cut his stay short for family reasons.

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto is heading back to the Gardens (photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)Lukhan Salakaia-Loto is heading back to the Gardens (photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto is heading back to the Gardens (photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

But now Salakaia-Loto will get the chance to say a proper farewell to the Saints supporters as he plays for a Barbarians side packed with international talent.

There are 10 men capped by Australia, and an additional five by Australia A, as well as five capped by Japan named in the squad.

Wallaby backs James O’Connor, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami and Harry Wilson are all included by the invitational side.

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Ryohei Yamanaka and Kaito Shigeno headline the list of Japanese internationals, with the Barbarians set to be led by an Australian coaching quartet of Jason Gilmore, Laurie Fisher, Berrick Barnes and Nathan Grey.

Saints ran out 45-39 winners on a memorable afternoon when they hosted the Barbarians for the first time ever back in November 2022.

It will be the final pre-season fixture for Phil Dowson's side as they prepare for their televised Premiership Rugby Cup curtain raiser at Ealing Trailfinders on September 10.

Tickets for the Barbarians clash are still available now starting from £17 adult and £6 child, with the game also included in all 23/24 season ticket packages.

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Barbarian F.C. squad to face Saints: Forwards: Josh Canham (Melbourne Rebels, Australia A), Harry Johnson-Holmes (NSW Waratahs), Kenta Kobayashi (Tokyo Sungoliath), Tom Lambert (NSW Waratahs), Lachlan Lonergan (ACT Brumbies, Australia), Faulua Makisi (Kubota Spears Funabashi Tokyo Bay, Japan), Shunta Nakamura (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan U20s), Cadeyrn Neville (ACT Brumbies, Australia), Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Melbourne Rebels, Australia), Kanji Shimokawa (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan), Lachlan Swinton (NSW Waratahs, Australia), Sam Talakai (Melbourne Rebels, Australia), Seru Uru (Queensland Reds, Australia A), Harry Wilson (Queensland Reds, Australia). Backs: Lachie Anderson (Melbourne Rebels, Australia A), Filipo Daugunu (Queensland Reds, Australia), Ryan Lonergan (ACT Brumbies, Australia A), Nicholas McCurran (Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo), James O’Connor (Queensland Reds, Australia), Hunter Paisami (Queensland Reds, Australia), Dylan Pietsch (NSW Waratahs, Australia A), Kaito Shigeno (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Taichi Takahashi (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Tom Wright (ACT Brumbies, Australia), Ryohei Yamanaka (Kobelco Kobe Steelers, Japan).

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