WORLD CUP winner Mark Regan looks set to find himself in splendid isolation when England tackle the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Leeds hooker is the solitary member of England's tour squad for New Zealand and Australia chosen by head coach Sir Clive Woodward.
Regan, it seems certain, will start the noncap game, just three days before England head to Auckland and their two-Test series against the All Blacks.
And his experience will be crucial to a largely untried contingent at representative level. Woodward was unable to consider players from European champions Wasps, Bath, Leicester or Sale Sharks, all clubs with Zurich Premiership play-off commitments at Twickenham on Saturday.
And England's sevens commitments in Bordeaux, venue for the penultimate round of this season's IRB world series, also took priority over Baa-baas selection.
England Under-21 World Cup pair Clive Stuart-Smith and Marcel Garvey also gain an opportunity, with Garvey one of seven Gloucester players on Baa-baas duty this week.
Powergen Cup winners Newcastle provide a five-strong contingent, including fly-half Dave Walder and back-row forward Hugh Vyvyan.
"In selecting the side to play the Barbarians I have not, apart from Mark Regan, chosen players going on the summer tour," said Woodward.
"This offers many of the Churchill Cup play-ers a huge opportunity to impress, such as Hugh Vyvyan, Dan Scarbrough and Jamie Noon."
Woodward will name the starting line-up and replacements tomorrow morning.
ENGLAND SQUAD for non-cap game against the Barbarians at Twickenham, Sunday, May 30:
Backs: M Horak (London Irish), D Scarbrough (Leeds), J Goodridge (Gloucester), P Sackey (London Irish), M Garvey (Gloucester), M Stephenson (Newcastle), K Sorrell (Saracens), T May (Newcastle), J Noon (Newcastle), D Walder (Newcastle), C Stuart-Smith (Leeds), N Walshe (Sale Sharks).
Forwards: M Worsley (Harlequins), N Lloyd (Saracens), R Morris (Northampton), J Dawson (Harlequins), M Regan (Leeds), D Richmond (Northampton), C Fortey (Gloucester), A Brown (Gloucester), M Cornwell (Gloucester), A Hazell (Gloucester), D Hyde (Leeds), P Buxton (Gloucester), H Vyvyan (Newcastle).