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Daly honoured by Barbarians call-up

This week Wasps youngster Elliot Daly was added to the Barbarians squad for their fixtures against England at Twickenham and the Lions in Hong Kong.

The call-up is a reward for a superb season in black and gold for Daly, who along with Tom Lindsay made more appearances (30) for Wasps this season than any other player.

Daly, recently awarded Wasps Young Player of the Year, joins his team-mates Sam Jones and Marco Wentzel in the Barbarians squad which is coached by the Club’s Director of Rugby Dai Young.

He admits his inclusion in the invitational team’s squad was something that caught him completely off guard.

“I was really surprised to get the call. Dai [Young] rang me on Monday to let me know that I was in the squad and I didn’t know what to say really. It was completely out of the blue. It’s lucky that he knows me because I was a bit shocked and I think that if it was anyone else who made the call they may have thought that I was a complete idiot! It has sunk in a bit now and I am just really excited about it. It’s obviously a great honour to be asked to play and I feel really hugely privileged.”

Daly’s omission from England’s touring party travelling to Argentina this summer was clearly a disappointing end to the season for the 20 year-old but the chance to take on both England and the British and Irish Lions this summer has given him another chance to put forward his case.

“I obviously had my sights set on making the squad for England’s summer tour to Argentina and I was pretty disappointed not to make the cut. There are always chances for young players in that group and the coaches have always kept in touch to let me know how I am getting on so I know what I have to go away and work on and hopefully I will be a part of that squad in the not too distant future. If I get the chance to play for the Barbarians it will be a great opportunity to show what I can do against two really amazing sides. Lining up against England would be a bit strange but the two games are huge and to be a part of either of those would be incredible.”

Daly’s inclusion will see him potentially line up against some of the most highly rated players from across the sport and it is evident that is something the youngster is thrilled by.

“To play for the Barbarians is something that most players would love to get the chance to do in their careers and to be given that opportunity so early in my career is amazing. I am really excited about going into that kind of environment with some of the world’s best players and as a young guy being around those guys is an incredible opportunity and one which I hope to make the most of.”

The Barbarians take on England at Twickenham on Sunday 26 May before facing the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong on Saturday 1 June.