Wallabies big Will Skelton has made an unwelcome piece of rugby historical past by changing into the primary participant to ever get despatched off whereas enjoying for the Barbarians.
But the colossal Australian’s first-half dismissal in Sunday’s non-cap worldwide at Twickenham nonetheless did not cease the French-dominated invitation facet providing Eddie Jones’ England a humbling 52-21 defeat on their house patch.
Skelton turned the primary participant within the Baa-Baas’ 132-year historical past to get his marching orders, after his shoulder to the top of Patrick Schickerling within the thirty seventh minute compelled the Exeter prop out of the match over a failed head damage evaluation.
But even when having to play 43 minutes with solely 14 males, Fabien Galthie’s facet, that includes Les Bleus gamers who’d shone of their Six Nations grand slam triumph, supplied England a humbling loss earlier than their tour to Australia.
Eddie Jones had put some youthful faces into the fray however, even given the experimental really feel to the line-up, the defeat was a reasonably humiliating one – their greatest defeat to the Baa-baas, although they’d performed a couple of half with a person benefit.
Skelton deservedly acquired despatched off after Schickerling had knocked the ball on round England’s 22 and the La Rochelle second-row shouldered the prop carelessly.
Officers dominated it was a sending off as a result of the two.03m-tall, 140kg Skelton had time to keep away from the collision and did not use his arms on Schickerling, who hadn’t really been in possession of the ball anyway.
The prop did not return within the second half after his HIA.
Skelton additionally might need acquired fortunate that he did not get penalised for an earlier hit on Tom Curry.
Nonetheless, his absence nonetheless did not cease the Baa-baas racking up eight tries in whole.
Charles Ollivon, Damian Penaud (two), Baptiste Couilloud, Louis Carbonel, Max Spring and Antoine Hastoy all crossed following an early penalty attempt.
Former England lock George Kruis bowed out from the sport in comical type – changing three tries, together with one whereas going through the improper approach as he backheeled the ball over the crossbar and between the posts.
As a mark of respect for former Wales nice Phil Bennett, who died final Sunday, the Barbarians gamers fashioned the quantity 10 earlier than a minute’s applause for the person who initiated the Baa-baas’ legendary rating in opposition to the All Blacks in 1973.
Jones, whereas enjoying down the importance of the loss, was nonetheless compelled to concede: “We have been crushed fairly badly on the breakdown, so it is a good reminder of how a lot work now we have to do earlier than Australia.
“Nobody is joyful in regards to the consequence however, once more, we take a look at it within the gentle of what we’re making an attempt to do.
“There is a contextual scenario right here. I do know you are struggling to grasp it, however we’re making an attempt to construct a brand new group, play a unique approach, a method that fits that gamers and there are going to be some ups and downs.”