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Baa-Baas 26(12), Argentina 49(28)



The Barbarians will be looking to make it two wins from two in their November matches when they face Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

Fresh from a demolition job on Gloucester at Kingsholm where they won 62-14 in a ten-try performance, the Baa-baas are in excellent form.

Leading the charge on Tuesday was 2015 World Cup winner Nehe Milner-Skudder and he is retained in a side that should put on a show at HQ.

Changes made by head coach Michael Cheika include Waisake Naholo, Tevita Kuridrani, Lima Sopoaga and Tawera Kerr-Barlow starting in the backline in place of Joe Tomane, Francois Venter, Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach. That’s five All Blacks, a Wallaby and a Fijian involved.

Up front it’s a new front row, as expected, as Thomas du Toit and Charlie Faumuina are at prop while Wallaby captain Stephen Moore hooks.

Victor Matfield and Lood de Jager continue at lock with one tweak to the back-row as Scott Fardy is at flank, with Jarrad Butler benched.

Meanwhile, Argentina will be keen to build on their impressive Rugby World Cup campaign, with a fourth-placed finish a strong performance that won them plenty of admirers along the way. In the end injuries hit the camp and they struggled to repeat their quarter-final heroics.

Saturday’s intriguing clash sees Julián Montoya, Ramiro Herrera, Matías Alemanno, Javier Ortega Desio, Nicolás Sánchez, Santiago Cordero, Jerónimo De la Fuente and Matías Moroni all remain from the side that started the Rugby World Cup Bronze final at the end of last month.

Young versatile back Emiliano Boffelli is in line to make his first appearances for his nation should he come off the replacements bench.

The fixture will be the first time the Barbarians and Argentina have faced each other since November 1990, when the Barbarians won 34-22.

Ones to watch:

For Barbarians: Tuesday evening’s game at Kingsholm was a wonderful watch and one man who stood out wasNehe Milner-Skudder. Time and time again in 2015 praise has been directed at the Hurricanes and New Zealand star, and being in his regular position of fifteen seems to be enjoyable for the 24-year-old. Watch him combined with Waisake Naholo and Nemani Nadolo in a frightening back-three.

For Argentina: We saw plenty of Santiago Cordero during the recent Rugby World Cup and in a Barbarians atmosphere expect him to flourish. The same can be said for versatile back Matías Moroni, who was also excellent during the tournament playing either on the wing or a centre. Both are quality runners while Pablo Matera will bring the power in a back-row that shows Argentina’s depth.

Prediction: We hope for and expect a show to be put on by these two so plenty of points with the Barbarians winning by 15!

The teams:

Barbarians: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Stephen Hoiles, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements from: 16 James Hanson, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Toby Smith, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Francois Venter, 24 Joe Tomane

Argentina: 15 Ramiro Moyano, 14 Matías Moroni, 13 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 12 Santiago González Iglesias, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo (c), 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Lucas Noguera
Replacements: 16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Tomas Lezana, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Gabriel Ascarate, 23 Emiliano Boffelli


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