DONCASTER Knights captain and backs' coach, Justin Bishop, has been called up by the world-famous Barbarians for a game against a Select XV at Bedford on March 18.
"I got a chance to play for the team four years ago, but I broke my fibula just before the game," said the winger yesterday. "It's always said you never get another chance if you miss your Barbarians game so I feel truly honoured to have been selected."
Bishop grew up watching legends such as David Campese, JPR Williams and David Duckham playing for the Barbarians, and ranks his selection as an honour that comes close to his 25 international caps for Ireland between 1998 and 2004.
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"To be part of an exclusive club that people I watched play as a youngster, and more recently players such as Zinzan Brooke and Jonah Lomu are members of, is an absolute privilege," he said.
Bishop is the second Knights' player to be selected for the Barbarians in as many years - prop Tom Davies was a late call-up last year.
Knights' team boss Lynn Howells yesterday denied any knowledge of an approach from National League One champions' elect Northampton Saints for Tongan prop Toma Toke and back-rower Scott Gray: "I have not heard anything about Saints being interested in either of them," said the Welshan when questioned on the validity of an internet story.
"I said after our two back-to-games against them earlier this month that Saints would have to strengthen their pack in order to compete in the Premiership next season.
"With respect to both Toke and Gray I would think that they would be looking for players of a higher calibre. Gray has played in the top flght with Bath, but Toke is not ready to play at that level ; he needs another couple of years at this level."
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