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.
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.
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