The Barbarians have finalised their squad for their match against Samoa this weekend at the Olympic Stadium.


Highlanders’ Super Rugby-winning coach Jamie Joseph will take charge of a group that includes a handful of Rugby World Cup winners and a high number of internationals.

Bakkies Botha, Carl Hayman and Pierre Spies are just some of the names involved for Saturday’s game.

The game will be the first rugby match to take place at the site of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and will act as a trial run ahead of the stadium’s use during the Rugby World Cup.

Backs: Luke Burgess (Zebre & Australia), Tom English (Melbourne Rebels), Nic Groom (Stormers), Mike Harris (Melbourne Rebels & Australia), Christian Leali’ifano (Brumbies & Australia), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Glasgow Warriors), Wynand Olivier (Montpellier & South Africa), Dom Shipperley (Melbourne Rebels), Dwayne Sweeney (Munakata Sanix Blues), Ben Tapuai (Western Force & Australia), Paul Williams (Stade Francais & Samoa)

Forwards: Bakkies Botha (South Africa), Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds & Australia), Liam Gill (Queensland Reds & Australia), Carl Hayman (New Zealand), Joshua Hohneck (Highlanders), Luke Jones (Melbourne Rebels), Tolu Latu (Waratahs), Jacques Potgeiter, (Munakata Sanix Blues & South Africa), Benn Robinson (Waratahs & Australia), Pierre Spies (Blue Bulls & South Africa), Adam Thomson (Queensland Reds & New Zealand), Kyle Traynor (Bristol & Scotland), Maks van Dyke (Cheetahs), Ali Williams (New Zealand)

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