Barbarians Back in Belfast

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:25
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After 59 years of absence the Barbarians return to Belfast in their match with Fiji.

The Barbarians last played in Belfast in 1957 when they beat an Ulster XV 14-11.

It is the third - and last match - of the Barbarians tour. They drew 31-31 with the Springboks in London and beat Czech Republic 71-0 in Prague.

It is also the third time they have played Fiji.

Previous results

1970: Fiji won 29-9
2002: Barbarians won 24-12
2013: Barbarians won 43-19.

The 2013 Barbarians look a stronger side than the 2016 squad.

Tommy Bowe, playing outside centre this time, is a new addition to the Barbarian side.

Teams

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

Fiji: 15 Benito Masilevu, 14 Waisea Nayacalevu, 13 Asaeli Tikorotuma, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Serupepeli Vularika, 8 Akapusi Qera (captain), 7 Mosese Voka, 6 Naulia Dawani, 5 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 4 Api Ratuniyawara, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Jale Sassen, 1 Campese Ma'afu
Replacements: 16 Sunia Koto, 17 Joeli Veitayaki, 18 Leeroy Atalifo, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Eremasi Radrodro, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Metuisela Talebula, 23 Vatemo Ravouvou.

Date: Friday, 11 November 2016
Kick-off: 19.30
Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, Northern Ireland    
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)    
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), David Wilkinson (Ireland)    
Television match official: Neil Paterson (Scotland)    
Assessor: John Sheehan (Ireland)

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