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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)

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. What’s taking the RSA side so long… cannot wait for the bitching to start lol!

    Surprised they went onto such a long spiel on the RDP Jr and RDP Snr and didn’t mention that JLDP would be in the same match…

    I guess it’s back to the train-wreck that is the Protea’s piss-weak batting line-up and depth lol!

  2. The score looks a lot better thanks to De Kock. Will like to see if our bowlers have the same success aussies had

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

    Not a bad side on paper… only real weakness is Carr there and the balance with Mahoje and TH cover off the bench (other than inexperience) but the same could be said for the opposition.

    Going to be interesting to see how Sergeal Petersen goes against the 123kg monster Fijian winger…

    A few players really need to put their hands up and cement a Bok place…

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