PROP Andrew Sheridan has pulled out of the Barbarians team to face South Africa on Saturday – but hooker Mark Regan is set to defy his club and play.
Sheridan, pictured left, has withdrawn after his club, Sale, demanded he played in tomorrow’s EDF Energy Cup clash with Leicester.
The Baa-Baas claim he is contractually obliged to play for them but have reluctantly agreed to release him.
However, they insist Regan, right, will play in the game at Twickenham, despite loud warnings from Bristol that he is not to feature.
“He’s made the decision, he wants to play and is sticking to it,” announced a Barbarians spokesman. “And we’ve also had some problems with Sale over Andrew.
“We respect Sale’s point of view and are not pursuing the finer detail of the contract we have with Andrew.
“Unfortunately, we have accepted Andrew will not play for the Barbarians on Saturday.”
Both Sheridan and Regan had been named in a 22-man squad to face South Africa.
But Premier Rugby, the body that runs the Premiership, can prevent players turning out in Barbarian colours as the match falls outside a designated international weekend.
Bristol want Regan to take the weekend off and Bristol chief executive David White is prepared to take action against the hooker if he does lead out the Baa-Baas.
Their EDF Energy Cup match against Leeds on Sunday is meaningless but they wanted the World Cup winner to rest so he could be fit and fresh for their Heineken Cup match with Harlequins on 8 December.