BaaBaas game an All Black trial

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:49

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The encounter between the Barbarians and New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday has been turned into an All Black trial.

Ten players in the BaaBaas' starting XV are either 'fringe' players or part of the All Blacks' larger squad.

Wing Julian Savea top the list of fringe All Blacks with a point to prove.

The rest of the starting XV includes four South Africans and an Australian.

Savea - with 46 tries in 54 Test appearances - makes his Barbarians debut - with younger brother Ardie in the All Black side.

Andy Ellis, a member of New Zealand 2011 World Cup-winning team, captains the BaaBaas.

Former South Africa captain Adriaan Strauss provides the experience in a pack containing five internationals in Australia's Sam Carter and New Zealanders Dominic Bird, Steven Luatua and Luke Whitelock.

There is a rare degree of continuity for the Barbarians, as nine of the players in coach Robbie Deans' squad featured in the successful 2016 tour - when the Barbarians drew 31-all with South Africa at Wembley.

Barbarians: 15 George Bridge (Crusaders), 14 Julian Savea (Hurricanes & New Zealand), 13 Richard Buckman (Highlanders), 12 Harold Vorster (Lions), 11 Vince Aso (Hurricanes), 10 Richie Mo'unga (Crusaders), 9 Andy Ellis (Steelers & New Zealand, captain), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand), 7 Albertus Smith (Lions & SA Sevens), 6 Steven Luatua (Bristol & New Zealand), 5 Dominic Bird (Chiefs & New Zealand), 4 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia), 3 Atu Moli (Chiefs), 2 Adriaan Strauss (Bulls & South Africa), 1 Jacques van Rooyen (Lions).
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe (Sharks),17 Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand), 18 Ruan Smith (Verblitz), 19 Willie Britz (Sunwolves), 20 Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester), 21 Mitchell Drummond (Crusaders), 22 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 23 Dillon Hunt (Highlanders).

Date: Saturday, November 4
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT; 03.00 NZ Time, Sunday, November 5)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)