MEGAN Gaffney and the Barbarians enjoyed an impressive victory against South Africa on Saturday.

The former Scotland international was called up by the world-famous invitational side ahead of a trip to Cape Town.

The Barbarians promote attacking, adventurous rugby, without the pressure of having to win, and also foster great camaraderie between players.

Gaffney, of North Berwick, was named in the starting XV as they triumphed 38-26 in Athlone Stadium.

The women’s squad is made up of 24 players from eight different countries, with more than 600 caps between them.



Thirty-one-year-old Gaffney, who won 45 caps for Scotland, and her team-mates face Munster at Thomond Park in Limerick tomorrow (Saturday).

Speaking about her call-up, Gaffney told Courier Sport: “It is really special.

“It is not something many people get to do.

“When I retired from international rugby, I did not know if I would play at that level.

“To get this opportunity to have a go – and it is just fun – is why I play rugby at the end of the day. To be able to go and do that will be really exciting.”