March Bears old boy selected for prestigious South African Barbarians

Darryl Veenendaal

Darryl Veenendaal - Credit: Archant

A MARCH Bears old boy will take part in a prestigious club match on Thursday.

Darryl Veenendaal, 23, has been selected to play for South African Barbarians against Premiership leaders Saracens at the Honourable Artillery Company, in the heart of the City of London.

The scrum half, who grew up in Wisbech, is in his fourth season with National Championship side Bedford Blues, who are in contention to get promoted to the Premiership.

He is excited about working with Barbarians coach Nick Mallett, who has managed South Africa, Stade Francais and Italy.

Veenendaal said: “I remember growing up watching South Africa play when he was the coach so it will be an honour to be coached by him.”

When his busy fixture list allows, Veenendaal, who is in his final year studying BSc (Hons.) Sports Performance and Coaching at Northampton University, enjoys the odd run out with March Bears.

He said: “It is hard with my Bedford commitments but when I get some spare time I like to sneak away and show my face against at my old stomping ground.”