Saturday, June 02, 2012
Today the Barbarians play again, this time against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Last weekend they played England, and got a bit of a hiding but not without leaving a few bruises, with this hit in particular standing out.
All Black capped centre Casey Laulala will be leaving the Cardiff Blues and heading to Munster for next season. Earlier this week he told WalesOnline that the Welsh Rugby Union need to step up their game if they are to prevent more big players leaving the regions.
"Hopefully they’ll do something sooner rather than later. There’s some great talent coming through and it’s just sad that the experience is not going to be passed down to those guys.
"I’ve enjoyed it here, very much so. I guess at the end of the day it came down to the situation of where the regions are in Wales. It was tough. The Blues stuck to their guns and unfortunately some of us foreigners were stuck in the middle of the whole thing.
"I am looking forward to a new challenge at Munster now, but I’m still sad to leave," he added.
Today he'll be up against some former Blues teammates as the Barbarians face Wales in Cardiff. The majority of the focus will be on Shane Williams, playing what should be (you never know) his final game of top flight rugby, also against former colleagues.
"Of course, Shane is with us for this game, which is great. He has to score a try and he will!"
Laulala will be in the midfield with Mike Tindall, looking to make an impact once again though, and putting in a few more big hits like the one he made on Owen Farrell last weekend.
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