Mike Tindall selected for Barbarians squad to face Ireland

Tindall the Barbarian as Ireland date beckons for former England captain

Mike Tindall is to make his return to international rugby when the Barbarians play Ireland in an end-of-season game at Gloucester on May 29.

The Gloucester centre, who has not featured in an England team since the dismal World Cup campaign, will be joined in the Barbarians’ squad by ex-clubmate Iain Balshaw, who now plays for Biarritz.

Tindall was originally fined 25,000 and axed from the England squad because of his drunken behaviour in New Zealand. The amount was reduced to 15,000 on appeal and he was reinstated, only to be omitted for the present Six Nations. He is currently in talks about a new contract at Gloucester next season.

Ireland date: Tindall (centre)

Ireland date: Tindall (centre)

Danny Cipriani looks certain to return to England for the next Aviva Premiership season after a two-year stint at Melbourne Rebels. Sale lead the way to sign the talented former Wasps fly-half.

Bristol, pushing for promotion back to the Premiership, have signed scrum-half James Grindal after his release by Leicester. And Scotland full back Rory Lamont will not play again this season after an operation to repair the leg he broke in Sunday’s defeat by France.