Bakkies Botha will lead the Barbarians at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday when they take on Samoa in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match.


The former Springbok second-row is joined by fellow South Africans Pierre Spies and Wynand Olivier in the starting line-up, while Paul Williams gets the nod at full-back against his compatriots.

Elsewhere, Carl Hayman starts at tighthead prop while there are a number of Australians involved including fly-half Christian Lealiifano and winger Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Barbarians: 15 Paul Williams, 14 Taqele Naiyaraovoro, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Dwayne Sweeney, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Bakkies Botha (c), 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Ali Williams, 20 Jacques Potgieter, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Tom English.

Date: Saturday, 29 August
Venue: Olympic Park, London
Kick-off: 15:00 local
Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Greg Garner (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Sean Davey (England)

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