After pulling on the Blues number seven shirt for the first time in almost a year, Sacha Harding's week got even better when he was invited to player for the Barbarians against the Combined Services in Plymouth next month.

Harding, 30, who suffered a dislocation and break of his ankle during the Championship fixture aganist Leeds on December 2 last year, has been through a long rehabilitation process and completed 50 minutes against Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday afternoon before being replaced by Tom Armes.

Speaking to the Times & Citizen about his call-up, Harding said: “It was a bit of a surprise. Mikey (Rayer) had a word with me after training on Tuesday and said he has put me forward.

“I think I was due to play a couple of years ago, but unfortunately I got injured, but the chance has come up again.

“It was quite disappointing. I thought it had gone, but he has put me forward and I’m delighted to be involved.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to it. The first ever game of rugby I went to see was England versus the Barbarians. So to get the chance to play for them is pretty special and I’m looking forward to the experience.

“If someone had said to me a couple of months ago I would be playing for the Baa Baas and be back in the team I would have been over the moon. The dark days are behind me now and I’m just looking forward to it and getting back to my best.”

The game against a Combined Forces XV will take place on Tuesday November 12 and will be played at Plymouth Albion's Brickfields Ground with Cornish Pirates Head Coach Ian Davies taking charge of the Baa Baas.



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Saturday 28th April
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road