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We moving into the second week of the June Internationals and we have some great exciting test matches to look forward to as well.

Last week we did not see any real surprises with the stronger teams winning their test matches but this week could see a change in the guard as some of those test matches were very close.

The U20 World Championships will conclude this weekend with England and New Zealand that will fight it out for the title on Sunday as they respectively beaten South Africa and France in the semi-finals earlier this week.

Here is the games to look forward to from the U20 World Championship:

Under 20 Championship 11th Place: Samoa v Argentina 09:45 on SS1

Under 20 Championship 9th Place: Ireland v Georgia 10:45 on SS1

Under 20 Championship 5th Place: Scotland v Australia 12:15 on SS1

Under 20 Championship 3rd Place: South Africa v France 13:15 on SS1

Under 20 Championship Final: England v New Zealand 15:45 on SS1

First up will be Tonga that take on Wales in a double header at Eden Park on Friday, with the All Blacks playing later there first warm-up match before next weekend’s first lions test. Wales will be slightly weakened as some of their star players are in the Lions squad but this is a perfect place to breed the new generation Wales players against a good Island team in the Tongans.

Wales coach Robin McBryde has named eight uncapped players in his matchday 23 to face Tonga at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.

Three of head coach McBryde’s eight debutants will start, including last season’s PRO12 top try-scorer Steffan Evans, who lines up on the left wing. Former Wales U20 forward Seb Davies will feature at lock, while European Player of the Year nominee Thomas Young packs down on the openside.

Gareth Davies and Sam Davies are named as the scrum-halves, with captain Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams filling the centre roles. Alex Cuthbert starts on the right wing, and Auckland native Gareth Anscombe at full-back.

The front row is comprised of Nicky Smith, Kristian Dacey and Tomas Francis, as Cory Hill joins newcomer Davies in the second row. Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi are named at six and eight respectively.

Ellis Jenkins and Cory Allen are the only capped players on the bench, while Scarlets duo Wyn Jones and Ryan Elias and Cardiff Blues’ Dillon Lewis form the replacement front row. Newport Gwent Dragons back rower Ollie Griffiths, Scarlets scrum-half Aled Davies and Gloucester-bound fly-half Owen Williams complete the bench.

Prediction: Wales to take this one by 16 points

Teams:

Tonga – 15 David Halaifonua, 14 Nafi Tu’itavake, 13 Siale Piutau (c), 12 Vili Tahitu’a, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Latiume Fosita, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Valentino Mapapalangi, 7 Nili Latu, 6 Dan Faleafa, 5 Sitiveni Mafi, 4 Leva Fifita, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Paula Ngauamo, 1 Latu Talakai.
Subs: 16 Suliasi Taufalele, 17 Sila Puafisi, 18 Phil Kite, 19 Sione Tau, 20 Mike Faleafa, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Kali Hala, 23 Kiti Taimani.

Wales – 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Jamie Roberts (c), 11 Steffan Evans, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Cory Hill, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Nicky Smith.
Subs: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Ellis Jenkins, 20 Ollie Griffiths, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Cory Allen.

All Black coach Hansen will be expecting his All Blacks side to hit the ground running on Friday as they prepare for the first test against the Lions when they face Samoa.

Highlanders and All Black number fifteen Ben Smith will lead the All Blacks against Samoa on Friday as he will be the 68th player to lead the mighty All Blacks. The team includes Hurricanes duo Jordie Barrett and Vaea Fifita, who set to make their Test debuts from the bench.

Another milestone in the match will go to Beauden Barrett as he will run out in his 50th Test. The match 23 sees World cup Winners Sonny bill Willians in his first game back for the All Blacks since the 2015 World Cup final and Harris also making a return to test rugby.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said: “We’d like to congratulate everyone who has been selected for this Test, particularly ‘Benda’ (Ben Smith), who will captain the side for the first time.

He’s been our Vice-Captain for a few years now and captain of the Highlanders, where he’s been doing a fantastic job, so was the logical choice. He leads by example and is an inspiration to his teammates.

“It’s also going to be a big night for Jordie and Vaea as they’re both likely to play a part on the night. They’ve both been in great form and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do at this level.

“Whilst we asked for this game to help us prepare for the Lions series, once it became a reality, it then took on its own importance — this is a Test match against a quality and very capable opponent.

“Samoa is about to kick off the qualifying stage of their Rugby World Cup campaign, so this will make them even more dangerous. The Samoans are always a challenge and will play with a high level of physicality and skill. At the very minimum, we will need to match that.

“This first week has been about bringing together the players from the five different Super clubs and reintroducing them to the All Blacks way. We’ve had a good week and are really looking forward to this match.

“It’s going to be a unique night with two Tests being played at the same venue featuring four teams that are well known to New Zealand fans. It’s a night that shouldn’t be missed, as I’m picking there will be a lot of great rugby played so get on down there and show your support.”

Samoa coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has also announced his side for Friday’s Test match against the All Blacks as eight of the 23-man squad will be donning the famous blue jersey for the first time on Friday – though former Crusaders centre Kieron Fonotia is the only one who will feature in the starting XV.

29-year-old Fonotia will be making his debut alongside Stade Français prop Paul Alo Emile and Auckland scrum-half Auvasa Falealii, who are expected to be called on from the bench.

Joining the new boys is a swathe of established Test players who will balance out the arrival of the debutants with their experience, despite the absence of veterans David Lemi and midfielder Rey Lee-Io due to injury.

Ieremia said not starting so many debutants came about as a response to the threat of experimenting against the All Blacks.

“We are wanting to put on a performance that will make our nation and most importantly ourselves proud,” he said.

“Our performance will give us a ‘rugby barometer’ as to where are at – there is no better challenge and opportunity than playing the number one team in the world.

“This will give us an indication of where we are at, because it is important to build momentum going into June-July internationals.”

Eighteen of the players included ply their trade in the UK and France, with just five members of the squad based in the Southern Hemisphere. Tim Nanai-Williams is the only one who plays Super Rugby.

One can only see one winner here but this will be a hell of a match to watch as everyone is looking to see how the All Blacks will look on the field this year before they take on the Lions next week.

Prediction: All Blacks to win with 20 plus points

Team:

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Jordie Barrett

Samoa: 15 Ah See Tuala, 14 Albert Nikoro, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Tim Nanai-Williams, 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Piula Faasalele, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Chris Vui, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 1 Viliamu Afatia
Replacements: 16 Seilala Lam, 17 Nephi Leatigaga, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Taiasina Tuifua, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Auvasa Falealii, 22 D’Angelo Leuila, 23 Ken Pisi

 

The last match on Friday will be the first of two test between the South African”A” side and the French Barbarians. A few fridges players have been called up to the South African “A” side for Springbok coach Coetzee to have a look at a little bit closer.

South African ‘A’ coach Johan Ackermann has named seven Springboks in his squad to face the French Barbarians at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Ackermann earlier appointed Juan de Jongh (19 tests) as captain for the two match series against the French Baabaas and also included fellow Springboks Lwazi Mvovo (17 tests), Ruan Combrinck (7 tests), Jano Vermaak (3 tests) and Uzair Cassiem (1 test) in the run-on team, while Trevor Nyakane (28 tests) and Francois Venter (3 tests) are on the bench.

Eight other players – Lionel Cronje, Dewaldt Duvenage, Ruan Botha, Wilco Louw, Franco Marais, Thomas du Toit, Ox Nche and Jason Jenkins – represented the Junior Springboks earlier in their careers.

French Barbarians head coach Pierre Mignoni has named a strong starting XV for the clash against South Africa ‘A’

The side will be captained by Lyon’s former France fly-half Frédéric Michalak who forms a halfback pairing with Bordeaux-Bègles scrum-half Yann Lesgourgues.

Elsewhere in the back-line, Louis Dupichot of Pau starts at full-back while La Rochelle’s Gabriel Lacroix and Arthur Bonneval of Toulouse are the starting wings and Jonathan Danty and Jean-Baptiste Dubie, who play for Stade Français and Bordeaux-Bègles respectively, line up as the midfield combination.

Prediction: South Africa to take this one by 10 points

Teams:

South Africa A – 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronjé, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Francois Venter.

French Barbarians – 15 Louis Dupichot, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 11 Arthur Bonneval, 10 Frédéric Michalak (c) 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Judicaël Cancoriet, 6 Anthony Jelonch, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Rémi Bonfils, 1 Khatchik Vartanov.
Subs: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Clément Ric, 18 Tommy Raynaud, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Romain Sazy, 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Clément Poitrenaud.

 

Saturday test matches kick of with a great one in Australia as Scotland will take on the Aussies early Saturday morning.

Scotland have been saying all week that they are confident in beaten the Aussies in their own back yard which makes up for a great test match as the brave Scots will surely go out with all they got against Australia. It has not been an easy year for the Aussies as they have been dumb in threats of law-suits and their Super Rugby teams being well below par so far.

As a national side the Aussies is a different cattle of fish and they will not be a easy bet to go against come Saturday morning.

Reds wing Eto Nabuli will make his Test debut for the Wallabies as he replace the Fijian Henry Speight, who has been ruled out with a hamstring strain.

That is the only change to the Wallabies starting XV that beat Fiji 37-14 last weekend.

It seems there is still no place for the former Aussie captain Moore in the starting team as he was named on the bench again for Saturday test against the Scots.

Meanwhile, Scotland have made eight changes to the team that beat Italy 34-13, with entirely new back-three and front-row combinations.

Prediction: Aussies should take this by 15 points

Teams:

Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Tom Robertson.
Subs: TBC on Friday

Scotland – 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid.
Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Matt Scott.

Next up will be the big one on Saturday as the New Zealand Maori side take on the struggling British and Irish Lions side who should be close to the test side that will take on the All Blacks next week in the first test.

Just after the Lions supporters though that they are back on track with their great win over the Crusaders last Saturday they came back this week and loose a game they should have won against the highlanders. One thing the Lions will need to learn and learn fast is that any New Zealand team are fit and willing to play 120 minutes or more.

The game is finish when that final whistle blow…

This will be as close as they will get to a test for the Lions and surely this match is a must win at all course for the visitors.

The Lions have a strong side to take on the Maori team and it will be as hard as nails on Saturday.

The Maori side have a few names that could have easily have been in the All Black squad which makes this an even harder test for the visitors. The closes you will get to an All Black side is to face the New Zealand Maori team and that is exactly what the Lions will have to do on Saturday.

Prediction: For some reason I think that the Lions will win this one by 9 points

Teams:

New Zealand Maori – 15 James Lowe, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Elliot Dixon, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon (c), 1 Kane Hames.
Subs: 16 Hikawera Elliot, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Leighton Price, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Rob Thompson.

British & Irish Lions – 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 George North, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony (c), 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Subs: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Sam Warburton, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Elliot Daly.

The second test for the Springboks will be much tougher than last week in Pretoria not just because the French have 9 of their Top 14 finalist back in the frame but they would have learned a bit more about the Springboks in last weeks lost.

Coetzee decided to keep the same team as what did the work for him in Pretoria with only Mapoe coming into the midfield with the head injury to Kriel.

There were talks this week that Coetee may opt to move Serfontein to the 13 jumper and bring in Frans Steyn at 12 but it seems the coaching team decided to go with continuity rather than make too many changes.

All five players who made their Test debuts last weekend – Andries Coetzee (full-back), Raymond Rhule (right wing), Courtnall Skosan (left wing), Ross Cronje (scrum-half) and Dillyn Leyds (utility back) – were retained by Coetzee, who said he wanted to maintain continuity and build momentum.

“We kept changes to a minimum and one change to the squad means we can continue to work on our continuity, which is so important,” he said.

“This is a new group, so playing together again means that the important combinations are gaining more experience. It is also nice to reward good performances and all of them deserve another opportunity.”

Upfront the Springboks will have a massive onslaught from the French and they still have no real fetcher in the team which could be a mistake going into this test match.

Although the Springboks did not loose the set pieces as such last week they also did not dominated it and we can expect a 40% improvement from the French in Durban this weekend.

Guilhem Guirado at two and Jefferson Poirot at number one will be a hand full and the Springboks will have to expect a tough old battle in the scrums with the French captain leading the way.

Prediction: It will be a huge improvement from France but the Springboks should still win this test giving the win to them with 6 points

Teams:

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds

France

15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Romain Taofifeuna, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot

Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Julien le Devedec, 20 Bernard le Roux, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Nans Ducuing

 

It will be something of a pride thing for the Argentinians as well as to get a win at home on Saturday when they face England in the second test.

 

Each side’s respective defence coach might have not enjoyed reviewing the tape but England’s win ticked all the entertainment boxes, settled late on by Denny Solomona’s ultimate act of redemption with that solo try.

No wonder Argentina were spitting at the outcome, having been in a position to win the game after Juan Martín Hernández’s drop goal and after producing some sensational attacking rugby.

Daniel Hourcade will have been fuming but it certanily makes the task of motivating his team this week a lot easier. Making just one change to his side, the addition of Ramiro Moyano on the wing in place of Matías Moroni, the same group of players have been given a chance to make amends.

He explained: “We had control, but we lost and that gave us a lot of anger. We have focussed on being more precise and when we make mistakes we need to react faster so that [England] do not hurt us.”

Accuracy with ball in hand isn’t always easy to achieve when playing at the tempo Argentina have produced in recent years, but there is certainly room to be more accurate. Defence – making 62 tackles out of 79 last week – and the lineout with ten wins from 13 both need work.

As for England, Eddie Jones happily welcomes back Chris Robshaw to his back row but will be intrigued at how Piers Francis, making his first start, and Sam Underhill on debut get on.

Francis is starting to look like an excellent bit of business for Northampton Saints, with Blues supporters unhappy to see him leave and the well-travelled 26-year-old acquitting himself well on his first cap.

Underhill will be under slightly more pressure. The 20-year-old Bath-bound flanker has been hailed as England’s solution at number seven for close to two years now, the traditional style of fetcher that English rugby has lacked for some time.

His efforts for the Ospreys, and the consequent race for his signature along with Jones’ public approval, mean that expectation levels are higher than normal for Underhill. High hopes are warranted.

Win or lose, Jones is sure to be delighted at having built some depth and to have learned about a number of new and young players.

The Curry twins, Nick Isiekwe, Joe Cokanasiga and Jack Maunder might have all been with the U20s in Georgia over the last few weeks. The experience they will have gained with the senior group will have been of huge benefit moving forward.

Better off in terms of personnel for the return of Robshaw and with Underhill at seven – not that Tom Curry disgraced himself by any means last week – England look in a strong position to make it two from two on tour.

Prediction: As motivated as Argentina will be for revenge, England look strong at the breakdown this week and should be tipped to pick up a 20th win in 21 Tests under Eddie Jones. Argentina by 10

The teams:

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertanou, 22 Juan Martín Hernández, 23 Matías Moroni

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Will Collier, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Denny Solomona

Other internationals taking place this weekend:

17 Fiji v Italy ANZ National Stadium, Suva 04:30
17 Japan v Ireland ECOPA Stadium 07:00
17 Canada v Romania Ellerslie Rugby Park 23:00
18 USA v Georgia Fifth Third Bank Stadium 01:00

 

The World Club 10s are also on this weekend which will fill the spaces between all the test matches.

The World Club 10’s is an 8-team, 10 aside invitational tournament featuring leading professional clubs from around the world including the Toyota Cheetahs, Western Force, Africa Pasic Dragons, Harlequins, Plus500 Brumbies, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Pyrenees and Bubota Spears.

The tournament is being held on the beautiful island of Mauritius and will feature clubs from all the greatest leagues in the world including Super Rugby, The English Premiership and France’s Top 14. The Stadium will have a real party atmosphere with music and entertainment all day including a fanzone just outside featuring food and drink stalls, a music stage and various other activities for fans.

Each Squad consists of 16 players, with 10 players on the field at a time. The matches consist of two 10-minute halves with a 2 minute half time.

The team is made up of 5 forwards (3 in the Front row, and 2 in the 2nd row), with 5 backs. In short the 10s format allows the traditional virtues of Rugby as a game for all shapes and sizes, and ensures that specialist positions of the XVs format are showcased in a shortened format.

The World Club 10s provides a Tournament which Professional teams play
alongside non-professional and social players compete in an environment that only the great sport Rugby Union can create.

The World Club 10s will be on Super Sport, you can get the full broadcast schedule on their website

The SuperSport Challenge is also ongoing here is the weekend matches….

15 Border Bulldogs v Eastern Province Kings BCM Stadium, East London 17:00
15 Griquas v Sharks Tafel Lager Park 19:00
16 Valke v Golden Lions Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park 14:30
16 Leopards v Griffons Olen Park, Potchefstroom 18:00
17 Welwitschias v Pumas Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek 14:00
17 Boland Kavaliers v SWD Eagles Malmesbury 15:00

Test matches will start on Friday morning already with three matches to look forward to….

 

 

Young England beat Barbarians

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England’s inexperienced squad started their summer together with a composed victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium. 

A first-half try from Nathan Earle and the boot of George Ford pushed them into a 13-0 lead largely against the run of possession.

In the second the Barbarians struck back through Adam Ashley-Cooper while Ford’s accuracy off the tee kept the hosts ahead. Final tries from Nick Isiekwe and Danny Care sealed an impressive victory.

The result should please England’s head coach Eddie Jones, however it came at a price with Sam Underhill and Alex Lozowski both leaving the field injured.

The Barbarians now head to face Ulster on Thursday while England’s full touring squad for Argentina will be named on Monday.

In the sunshine the Barbarians set out their stall on three minutes when Timoci Nagusa flew from behind his own line, beat four defenders and offloaded up on the half-way line. It ultimately came to nothing but set their tone well.

For 16 minutes the invitational side continued to test England’s defence and turned down opportunities for three points – clearly their order of the day was to be tries or nothing.

Despite all of the early pressure, it was England who opened their account first. Jonny May went from deep and then the home side’s backs showed what electric hands and raw pace can do.

Newly onto the field Mike Haley combined with club mate Sam James and Nathan Earle to toy with the Barbarians’ defence and finish the score out wide.

Ford added the conversion and against the run of play England found themselves 7-0 ahead approaching 20 minutes.

In a fast and open game further chances were missed at both ends due to handling errors and the next points arrived from the boot of Ford after Gillian Galan was penalised for a high hit on Mike Brown.

A shoulder injury forced Underhill off three minutes before the break and Ford finished the half with another penalty to put England 13-0 ahead.

The Barbarians struck first in the second half and their opening-try of the afternoon was upstaged slightly by a fan in the crowd proposing to his girlfriend.

While she said yes, Adam Ashley-Cooper finished their five-pointer with scintillating pace and Ian Madigan added the extras.

Ford nudged England’s scoreboard out to 16-7 before Jeremy Thrush added to the Barbarians’ tally of near misses as he knocked on a few metres out.

Referee Andrew Brace handed Mikheil Nariashvili a yellow card at the set-piece due to consistent infringements, however England didn’t capitalise while the Georgian was off the field.

Tom Curry, who went on to be named Man of the Match, had proved to be a nuisance at the breakdown ever since he arrived on the field for Underhill and his steal resulting in a sniping break from Care and Nick Isiekwe dotting down for his first international try.

The Barbarians continued to drive forwards and it resulted in a consolation score. This time they those to keep it tight and captain Thierry Dusautoir found Joe Tekori much to the delight of the 51,636 in the crowd.

However, England’s half-backs had the last word as Ford released Care under huge pressure to score in the corner, and Eddie Jones’ young side showed exactly what they can do on the Twickenham turf.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: Earle, Isiekwe, Care
Cons: Ford 2
Pens: Ford 3

For Barbarians:
Tries: Ashley-Cooper, Tekori
Cons: Madigan 2
Yellow Card: Nariashvili

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Pienaar join Barbarians

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South Africa’s Ruan Pienaar and New Zealand’s Charles Piutau are the latest star recruits joining Vern Cotter’s Barbarians squad.

The Ulster duo will be on duty against England in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup match at Twickenham on 28 May.

They will be joined by England flanker Steffon Armitage (Pau), Samoa lock Joe Tekori and France centre Yann David (both Toulouse).

The latest call-ups take the number of players at Scotland boss Cotter’s disposal to 14 with more invitations to follow, particularly for the key fly-half role.

Scrum-half Pienaar and utility back Piutau have enjoyed outstanding campaigns for Ulster, both featuring in the PRO12 dream team with Piutau picking up the highly coveted PRO12 players’ player of the year award.

Pienaar, capped 88 times for the Springboks, will be making his final appearance for Ulster against the Barbarians, following a seven-year spell in Belfast that has seen him become a fans’ favourite at the Kingspan Stadium.

David, Pienaar and Piutau join a back division alongside Australia’s Will Genia and Adam Ashley-Cooper, and Connacht’s Bundee Aki.

Armitage and Tekori are part of a powerful forward group with experienced internationals from five different countries that also includes Argentina’s Patricio Albacete and Facundo Isa, New Zealand’s Corey Flynn and Jeremy Thrush, and France great Thierry Dusautoir.

The Barbarians will face England for the 16th time since 1990 this month, having won seven and lost eight in the overall series.

Barbarians squad (players named so far)

Backs: Bundee Aki (Connacht), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux-Bègles and Australia), Yann David (Toulouse and France), Will Genia (Stade Français and Australia), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster and South Africa), Charles Piutau (Ulster and New Zealand)

Forwards: Patricio Albacete (Toulouse and Argentina), Steffon Armitage (Pau and England), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse and France), Corey Flynn (Glasgow Warriors and New Zealand), Facundo Isa (Lyon and Argentina), Census Johnston (Toulouse and Samoa), Joe Tekori (Toulouse and Samoa), Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester and New Zealand)

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Barbarians too good for Fiji

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The Barbarians scored four unanswered tries in the first half for a comfortable 40-7 victory over Fiji in Belfast on Friday night.

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This game was won in the first half in an entertaining game despite being played in heavy rain.

The BaaBaas were impressive, especially in the first 40 where they managed to give the ball some air as if it were a cool, dry evening. Robert du Preez had a blinder at fly-half, slotting all five his conversions while Akker van der Merwe celebrated a brace in the first-half not normally associated with hookers.

It was Van der Merwe who opened the scoring from a driving maul after just three minutes. Matt Faddes got on the scoresheet less than five minutes later after a charge down and quick hands saw the wing go over to double the score.

Van der Merwe added his second in the 18th minute after taking a pass from Andy Ellis from close range to extend the lead to 21-0. Fiji looked disjointed and devoid of ideas, seldomly managing to bother the Barbarians defence.

Ellis himself added the fourth try, diving over after spotting a gap to give the BaaBaas a commanding lead going into the break.

After playing the ball out wide inside the Barabarians 22 Waisea Nayacalevu managed to open Fiji’s account, the unlikely frame of Nemani Nadolo slotting the touchline conversion to reduce the deficit to 21.

Luke Morahan all but sealed the result five minutes from time but the BaaBaas weren’t finished as Richard Mo’unga squeezed in another five-pointer to finish the game with some excitement.

The scorers:

For Barbarians:
Tries: 
Van der Merwe 2, Faddes, Ellis, Mo’unga, Morahan
Cons: Du Preez 5

For Fiji:
Try:
 Nayacalevu
Con: Nadolo

Barbarians crush Czech Republic

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The Barbarians ran in 11 tries for a 71-0 victory as they entertained fans in Prague in the biggest fixture in the Czech Republic’s rugby history.

The famous invitation club came to celebrate the host union’s 90th anniversary at the Marketa Stadium, the first game televised by state TV in the country.

Broadcast highlights included elusive running that brought two tries apiece for the Budvar man of the match Melani Nanai (Blues), centre Matt Faddes (Highlanders), fly-half Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders) and Kwagga Smith (Lions).

The other scores came from Toby Smith, Sam Carter and Schalk van der Merwe. Robert du Preez (Stormers) added six conversions and Mo’unga two.

The scorers:

For Barbarians: 
Tries: K Smith 2, Faddes 2, Mo’unga 2, Nanai 2, T Smith, Van der Merwe, Carter
Cons: Du Preez 6, Mo’unga 2

Test Preview – Barbarians v Springboks

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It will be one of the mosth youthful teams teh Springboks have put on the field for many years when Allister Coetzee Spingboks take on the Barbarians on Saturday afternoon at Wembley.

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There will be some excitment to see how many of these youngsters will make the step-up from Super Rugby and Currie Cup Rugby. One thing is for sure that we have alot of talent in this team running out on Saturday but not much experience.

Youthful players brings with them alot of exitment and one can be sure that they will want to show their Spingbok coach that they are the future of South African rugby.

Patrick Lambie will captain the side from the number ten jersey as he will not just have to steer the team as captain but will also have two new faces next to him in the midfield with Janse Van Rensburg and Venter pairing up for the first time.

At this level skill and ability only gets yuo half way, combinations that can play of each other gives you the other half.

With Sergeal Peterse and Jamba Ulengo the Springboks also have enough gas to burn on teh outside something one felt was lacking this year in the Rugby Championship.

Personally I am happy to see Kriel at fullback as that is for me his best posision and expect the young man to step up on Saturday and state a claim for the Springbok number fifteen jersey.

With enough speed in the backline adding to the skill and running ability of the backline one feel that their success will be depended on a also new looked pack.

Roelof Smith will be a key player up front with no Flo for the end of year tour and Coetzee will be looking for someone that can get down and steel ball and slow also oppision ball down.

The Barbarians will field four South African-born players with New Zealand’s Ben Franks and Ireland’s Tommy Bowe joining the squad next week to take on Fiji.

Stormers fly-half Robert du Preez, Lions hooker Akker van der Merwe, Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes and Lions lock Martin Muller all start against their fellow countrymen with young Lions flanker Ruan Ackermann on the bench.

There are seven capped players in the match day squad with New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup winner Andy Ellis captaining the side.

Ellis appeared in that game and understands the unique way the Barbarians combine talented performers from around the globe in the space of a few days before taking on established international teams.

It was a pretty special moment beating South Africa last time,” he said. “It’s a beautiful thing. You make friendships. I’m still in touch with the guys I played with in 2010.

“This new team has come together, we’re getting on well and we’re having fun and now it’s just about fronting up and making sure we perform at the weekend. We understand how proud the Barbarians are and we’ve got a real job to do here.

“The guys want to play for themselves, for the club, for their families – all sorts of different motivations but we’re in a pretty good place. Boks taking on the Boks helps. They’ll certainly want to prove themselves.”

Players to watch:

Have a look at Clayton players to watch out for the Springboks here

Have a look and Benedict players to wath out for the Baabaas here

Prediction: I am quit excited about the look of thsi team…Bokke by 10.

The teams:

Barbarians: 15 Melani Nanai (Blues), 14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders), 13 Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders & New Zealand), 12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders & Panasonic), 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs, Panasonic & Australia), 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders, Kobelco Steelers & New Zealand), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand), 7 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes), 5 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), 4 Martin Muller (Lions), 3 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs & Australia), 2 Akker van der Merwe (Lions), 1 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes)
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready (Reds), 17 Schalk van der Merwe (Montpellier), 18 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia), 19 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia), 20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions), 21 Nic Stirzaker (Rebels), 22 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders), 23 Luke Morahan (Force & Australia)

South Africa: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ruan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Patrick Lambie (c), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Roelof Smith, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rudolf Snyman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tiaan Schoeman, 23 Ruan Combrinck

Four Barbarians to watch

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A South African, two New Zealanders and an Australian. Four players who we look at ahead of the Barbarian clash against the Springboks. All four players who will play a part on how the game will go from the brilliance to the unseen donkey work, writes Benedict Chanakira

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Martin Muller 

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An under-rated lock forward. Muller was reliable every time he donned the Lions jumper and was a reliable lineout operator. One of many players who get through quite a lot of donkey work – Martin is a grafter and will be looking back on his career with fondness and a hint of wonder considering a plethora of injuries.

Muller will be key to handling any pressure the Springbok pack throw his way. The former Griquas man gets the honor to wear the Barbarians jersey and will not let it down. An opportunity to face the country of his birth and he will no doubt leave a mark or two.

The former Bishops boy will be off to a new adventure and there is no better way to sign of the year than at Wembley. A fitting reward to a players under the radar.

Seta Tamanivalu

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The Taranaki centre will be in Crusaders colors next season and has a tough task ahead of him this weekend as he looks to take on Springbok duo Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Francois Venter. An attacking phenomenon he will have no problem asserting himself when with the ball.

Seta was on hand to don the All Black colors but injuries and an inability to fully impress has seen him omitted from the squad. His biggest weakness will be put to the test when he will have to defend against a direct Rohan and a dynamic Venter this weekend. Midfielders who have questionable defence will face off and this weekend and it should be worth a few tries for the fans.

Andrew Ready

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 The future Australia hooker. Ready seems ready and will be joined by Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore next season. The Reds man has had an impressive season and will be looking to impose himself around the park when he comes on. A strong tackler and a hooker who is a strong scrumming hooker as well.

The youngster will be looking forward to wrapping up a fantastic season as he sets his eyes on Wallaby colors in 2017. His battle with Bongi Mbonambi will be a closely watched battle.

Richie Mo’unga

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The best 10 in the Mitre 10 Cup. The young pivot was been sensational and will be looking to continue his improvement in the 2017 Super Rugby season.

In a bid to play for the All Blacks one day, Richie has shown he is an all-round player who can defend, find space with great tactical kicks while his skills are impressive with ball in hand.

One of the best kicking pivots in New Zealand, it’s a matter of time before Mo’unga will be making a claim for the All Black jersey. His omission from the Barbarian starting XV will be of benefit to the Springboks and will play a vital role off the bench.

Richie Mo’unga could prove to be a better pivot than Beauden Barrett. Let’s see how the raw talent develops and whether the Springbok defence will be able to withstand his ability to unlock any defence.

 

Ellis captains Barbarians against South Africa

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The Barbarians will field four South African-born players when they take on the Springboks at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. 

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Stormers fly-half Robert du Preez, Lions hooker Akker van der Merwe, Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes and Lions lock Martin Muller all start against their fellow countrymen with young Lions flanker Ruan Ackermann on the bench.

There are seven internationals in the match day squad with New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup winner Andy Ellis captaining the side.

Du Preez’s father – also named Robert – won seven caps in the 1990s for South Africa and his son broke into the Stormers Super Rugby side this year. He will get the chance to measure himself against Pat Lambie, who captains South Africa from fly half.

The Barbarians are taking on South Africa for the eighth time since 1952 and lead the series 4-3 after victories in 2007 and 2010.

The famous invitation side won 26-20 six years ago when tries from Australia’s Drew Mitchell (2), James O’Connor and Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys secured victory.

Ellis appeared in that game and understands the unique way the Barbarians combine talent from around the globe in the space of a few days before taking on established international teams.

“It was a pretty special moment beating South Africa last time,” said Ellis. “It’s a beautiful thing. You make friendships. I’m still in touch with the guys I played with in 2010.

“This new team has come together, we’re getting on well and we’re having fun and now it’s just about fronting up and making sure we perform at the weekend. We understand how proud the Barbarians are and we’ve got a real job to do here.

“The guys want to play for themselves, for the club, for their families – all sorts of different motivations but we’re in a pretty good place. Boks taking on the Boks helps. They’ll certainly want to prove themselves.”

After facing South Africa, the Barbarians travel to play the Czech Republic in Prague (November and then take on Fiji in Belfast (November 11).

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar and Dan Tuohy will join the squad in Belfast and British and Irish Lions wing Tommy Bowe and New Zealand’s double World Cup winner Ben Franks (London Irish) were added to the group heading for the Kingspan Stadium.

Barbarians: 15 Melani Nanai (Blues), 14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders), 13 Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders & New Zealand), 12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders & Panasonic), 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs, Panasonic & Australia), 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders, Kobelco Steelers & New Zealand), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand), 7 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes), 5 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), 4 Martin Muller (Lions), 3 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs & Australia), 2 Akker van der Merwe (Lions), 1 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes)
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready (Reds), 17 Schalk van der Merwe (Montpellier), 18 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia), 19 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia), 20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions), 21 Nic Stirzaker (Rebels), 22 Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders), 23 Luke Morahan (Force & Australia)

 

Three Lions invited by Barbarians

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union is proud to announce that three of their Super Rugby stars, all of whom are forwards, have been invited by the Barbarians for their three matches against the Springboks, the Czech Republic and Fiji.

Akker van der Merwe (hooker), Kwagga Smit (flank) and Ruan Ackermann (loose forward) will all be in the Barbarian squad.

The official Barbarian website report that Super Rugby champions and some of New Zealand’s most talented up and coming stars will join the Barbarians to take on South Africa in the Killik Cup match at Wembley Stadium on November 5.

Forwards Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa and Reggie Goodes helped the Hurricanes end a 20-year wait for the title and will be accompanied by Richard Mo’unga and Jordan Taufua from the Crusaders, and Matt Faddes and Luke Whitelock from the Highlanders.

They join New Zealand’s Andy Ellis, and Australia’s Taquele Naiyaravoro and Will Skelton in the squad being put together by coaches Robbie Deans and Will Greenwood as the famous invitation club targets a hat-trick of wins over the side ranked No.4 in the world.

After taking on South Africa at Wembley, the Barbarians play the Czech Republic in Prague on November 8 before facing Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on November 11.

Deans said: “This is a talented group of young men with the potential to play at the very highest level and they will all be hungry to impress in their time with the Barbarians. Alongside the more experienced players in the squad we should have a very competitive group.”

The Barbarians take on South Africa for eighth time since 1952 and lead the series 4-3 after victories in 2007 and 2010.

The 125 year-old club won 26-20 in 2010 when tries from Australia’s Drew Mitchell (2), James O’Connor and Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys secured victory.

In 2007 the Barbarians were the first side to beat the newly-crowned World Champions with a 22-5 win that saw Australia’s Matt Giteau and Rocky Elsom, and Wales’s Martyn Williams touch down

Pumas outclass Baa-Baas

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Wing Santiago Cordero scored a brace of tries as Argentina claimed a 49-31 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday. CRAIG LEWIS reports.

In an entertaining encounter, it was the Pumas who simply had too much class and cohesion, and ultimately made the Barbarians pay for a high error rate that prevented their big-name players from really impacting on the match.

Springboks Victor Matfield and Lood de Jager were solid, if unspectacular, performers in the second row, while Sharks halfbacks Cobus Reinach and Pat Lambie came off the bench for the final 30, but by then the Baa-Baas were mostly chasing shadows. Former Bok lock Bakkies Botha also raised a few smiles when he took the final conversion, which, needless to say, was unsuccessful.

The Barbarians fielded a star-studded side, and made an encouraging start as centre Tevita Kuridrani latched onto a grubber to score in the seventh minute, but Argentina quickly settled into their stride and executed some superb pieces of ball-in-hand play to score four tries in the opening stanza.

Two of them would come as they capitalised on handling errors from the Baa-Baas, who quite understandably battled to establish any real rhythm to their play despite valiant efforts to keep the ball alive.

Fleet-footed Cordero scored two well-taken tries, while Facundo Isa and Ramiro Moyano also crossed the tryline as Argentina opened up a 28-12 lead at half-time, with the Baa-Baas only managing one more score before the break as All Black Waisake Naholo dotted down.

The game was effectively over as a contest when Martín Landajo and Jerónimo De la Fuente scored two quick-fire tries for the Pumas, pushing the score out to 42-12 by the 55th minute.

Replacement Joe Tomane scored just before the hour mark, while Nemani Nadolo and Matfield went over for the Baa-Baas before full-time, but it ultimately just made the scoreline look a little more flattering.

Argentina flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez also darted over to score during the latter stages of the clash as the Pumas extended their try tally to seven, emerging as most deserved victors.

Argentina – Tries: Facundo Isa, Santiago Cordero (2), Ramiro Moyano, Martín Landajo, Jerónimo De la Fuente, Nicolás Sánchez. Conversions: Nicolás Sánchez (6), Emiliano Boffelli.
Barbarians – Tries: Tevita Kuridrani, Waisake Naholo, Joe Tomane, Nemani Nadolo, Victor Matfield. Conversions: Lima Sopoaga, Nadolo (2).

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

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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

Victor, Lood start for Baa-Baas

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Springboks Lood de Jager and Victor Matfield will start for the Barbarians in Saturday’s match against Argentina at Twickenham……reports SARugbyMAG.co.za

The two World Cup Boks will combine in the second row, while Sharks front rower Thomas du Toit will start at loosehead prop. Fellow South Africans Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Bakkies Botha and Francois Venter are set to play off the bench.

Barbarians coach Michael Cheika has selected a powerful side, which includes the likes of All Blacks World Cup star Nehe Milner-Skudder and Wallabies captain Stephen Moore.

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.
Subs: 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
Substitutes: 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

Ten-try win for Barbarians

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The Barbarians thumped Gloucester in their fixture at Kingsholm on Tuesday, running out 62-14 winners.

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With the majority of the Cherry and Whites’ first-team resting ahead of their Challenge Cup game against La Rochelle on Thursday, the quality of the Baa-baas shone through as they dominated from start to finish.

It was 24-7 at half-time thanks to tries from Nemani Nadolo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Joe Tomane (2) and Ryan Crotty, with Dan Thomas replying for Gloucester to give their fans in attendance something to cheer.

And after the break there were further scores for the impressive visitors as Lood de Jager, Ardie Savea, Waisake Naholo, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Pat Lambie sealed an impressive performance, with Lambie kicking 12 points.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: D Thomas, Penalty
Con: Evans 2

For Barbarians:
Tries: Nadolo, Milner-Skudder, Tomane 2, Crotty, De Jager, Savea, Naholo, Kerr-Barlow, Lambie
Con: Lambie 6

 

Saffa central in Baa-baa squad

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The Barbarians have announce their squad to take on Gloucester and Argentina in November to end of the international year with a few South African faces in the team.

For some South African players it will a great way to show Springbok coach Meyer that some of them should have form part of the World Cup that just ended in England and for other to show that they are ready to make that step up in the near future.

From the regular faces Reinach and Whiteley  are there but players also getting a taste of some Baa-baa’s Rugby are Francois Venter. Other South African in the squad are Lood De jager, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Pat Lambie and Tendai Mtawarira.

It will be the last time the world will see the “Blood Brothers”,  Matfield and Botha playing as Bakkies said that this will be his final match after retiring early this year.

The matches will be played on the 17th against Gloucester and the 21st at Twickenham against the Pumas.

Barbarians squad

Backs: Ryan Crotty, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tevita Kuridrani, Pat Lambie, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Nemani Nadolo, Waisake Naholo, Cobus Reinach, Lima Sopoaga, Joe Tomane, Francois Venter.

Forwards: Bakkies Botha, Scott Fardy, Charlie Faumuina, James Hanson, Stephen Hoiles, Lood de Jager, Jamie Mackintosh, Victor Matfield, Stephen Moore, Tendai Mtawarira, Ardie Savea, Toby Smith, Warren Whiteley.

Barbarians hold off Samoa

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The Barbarians outscored Samoa five tries to three to win 27-24 in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup warm-up clash at the Olympic Stadium in London.

By: Planet Rugby

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The scores were locked at 17-17 at half-time but Samoa played for over an hour with 14 men after Kane Thompson was sent off for throwing a punch at Baa-baas hooker Saia Fainga’a, who had been obstructing him.

It was certainly an eventful affair as the Olympic Stadium’s debut as a rugby venue was marked by a few hiccups, including the sprinklers coming on for a few minutes during the first-half.

The Islanders were always going to struggle once Thompson was sent off and they also lost Northampton scrum-half Kahn Fotuali’i at half-time after he failed a concussion test.

World Cup-winning former All Black Adam Thomson was first to cross the whitewash for the Barbarians and he would finish with two tries in a bruising clash.

Samoa prop Anthony Perenise went over from close range before Liam Gill and Ben Tapuai scored quick-fire tries for the Baa-baas. Ken Pisi scored a stunning try to level matters at the interval, pouncing on club-mate Fotuali’i’s deft grubber kick in the corner, as the Samoans stuck to their guns.

Thomson and Tapuai both scored their second tries in the second-half as the numerical advantage began to leave its mark. Tapuai’s score was also out of the top drawer following great interplay with Christian Lealiifano and Jacques Potgieter.

Inbetween, the Pacific Islanders had levelled matters once more with the outstanding Jack Lam taking a quick tap and crashing over under the posts.

Samoa pushed hard to get the win but the Barbarians’ defence held firm in a hard-fought finish to the game.

The scorers:

For Barbarians:
Tries: Thompson 2, Gill, Tapuai 2
Cons: Lealiifano
Yellow card: Faiga’a

For Samoa:
Tries: Perenise. K. Pisi, Lam
Cons: T.Pisi 2, Williams
Pen: T.Pisi
Yellow card: Faapale
Red card: Thompson

Botha leads Barbarians against Samoa

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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.

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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)

Barbarians squad to face Samoa

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

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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)

French Barbarians confirm 27-man squad

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France Barbarians have confirmed their 27-man squad to face Argentina later this month in two matches….reports Planet Rugby

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The two teams will face off on June 20 and June 26 in Argentina as the Pumas build up for the Rugby Championship.

Stade Français scrum-half Jérôme Fillol will captain a group which includes Benjamin Urdapilleta, Jonathan Danty, Jean-Charles Orioli and more.

Three players – Fillol, Danty, Burban – will be involved in this weekend’s Top 14 Final.

Forwards: Bruni (Toulon), Burban (Stade Français) Desmaison (Racing), Ghezal (Lyon), Guyot (La Rochelle), Lassalle (Oyonnax), Mach (Castres), Mela (Brive), Orioli (Toulon), Pointud (Bayonne), Poux (Bordeaux-Bègles), Rabadan (Stade Français), Suta (Toulon), Tastet (Mont-de-Marsan), Tichit (Oyonnax).

Backs: Adams (Bordeaux-Bègles) Chavancy (Racing) Danty (Stade Français), Bosch (Carcassonne), Fillol (Stade Français), Germain (Brive), Jane (France 7s), Lapeyre (Racing), Palis (Castres), Rey (Bordeaux-Bègles), Tian (Oyonnax), Urdapilleta (Oyonnax).