Danny Cipriani and Paul Sackey to face England for Barbarians

ENGLAND internationals Danny Cipriani and Paul Sackey have been included in the Barbarians squad for this summer's tour, which begins with the MasterCard Trophy match against the pair's national team at Twickenham on 30 May.

All Blacks Jerry Collins, Carl Hayman and Doug Howlett, Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan and fellow Munster players Jean de Villiers and Paul Warwick are also included.

Following the England game the Barbarians, who will be coached by Philippe Saint-Andre, will face Ireland at Thomond Park, Limerick, on 4 June.

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Meanwhile, a New Zealand Maori rugby team was instructed by a government minister to throw a game against South Africa in 1956 to prevent All Blacks sides from being banned from touring the country, a former player has claimed.

Muru Walters, a full-back in the 1956 team, said the then Minister of Maori Affairs Ernest Corbett had visited players of the team in their dressing room and told them to lose the match "for the future of rugby".

The directive from Corbett, who died in 1968, had "ripped the guts out of the spirits of our team", Muru told local radio, and the Springboks went on to win 37-0 at Auckland's Eden Park.

"What he said was, 'You must not win this game or we will never be invited to South Africa again,'" Walters said. "I thought he was joking, but then another official came in and said the same thing ... 'For the future of rugby, don't beat the South Africans.'"

The New Zealand Rugby Union is celebrating the centenary of the first official Maori team later this year and have organised international matches against Ireland and England in June.

Maori groups, however, have also requested an apology from the union for bowing to South African directives and omitting non-white players from touring teams to the country in 1928, 1949 and 1960.

• Derick Kuun will win his 50th Super Rugby cap on Saturday after being named in the Bulls team to face the Reds – the only change to the champions' starting line-up.

The utility forward, who missed last week's 33-19 win over the Chiefs due to an ankle strain, replaces Deon Stegmann at flank, with the only other changes coming on the bench.