Shingler to take on former Scarlets team-mates for Baabaas

Rob LloydNews

Aaron Shingler is to come out of retirement to make his debut for the Barbarians against his former Scarlets team-mates.

The 36-year-old back-rower called time on his illustrious 15-year career at the end of last season after 226 appearances in a Scarlets jersey and 27 Wales caps.

Last week, Shingler was invited to join the Baabaas squad for the showpiece clash on September 16 and his preparations have included a sprint triathlon in Saundersfoot.

He is due to have a run out for his home club Hendy in their big division one west derby clash with Pontarddulais on Saturday before turning his attention to playing in the Phil Bennett Memorial Match in the black and white of the Barbarians.

“I had a phone call last week and I am excited to not only represent the Baabaas but also play against the Scarlets,” he said.

“I did the Saundersfoot Triathlon last weekend which went well and it’s Hendy v Bont for me on Saturday before taking on the side I played for for 15 years. I look forward to seeing everyone down there.”

The Baabaas opened their European tour with a convincing 48-12 win over Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens. The bulk of that squad that put a youthful Saints to the sword will be in action in Llanelli, including Aussie great James O’Connor as well as a host of Wallaby and Japan internationals.

Their next assignment is against Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate on Thursday evening.

You can get your tickets for the Scarlets v Baabaas game by ringing the Scarlets Ticket Office on 01554 292939 or by clicking on the link HERE.

There will be a big screen in the training barn after the match so fans can watch Wales’ World Cup pool clash against Portugal.