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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.

 

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  1. BC – spot on! Mo’unga got over the early jitters and was key in sparking the Mitre 10 Cup winning Canterbury backline this season. He had Jordie Barrett, Beauden’s younger brother outside him with an equally exciting Mayhew at 2nd centre and next year will be joined by Tamanivalu.

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