Super Rugby champs to take on Boks

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:49
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NEWS: The Springboks will come up against some of New Zealand's top young players when they face the Barbarians in the Killik Cup match at Wembley Stadium on November 5. 

Forwards Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa and Reggie Goodes helped the Hurricanes end a 20-year wait for a Super Rugby titles and will run out for the Barbarians along with Richard Mo'unga and Jordan Taufua from the Crusaders, and Matt Faddes and Luke Whitelock from the Highlanders. 

They all join New Zealand's Andy Ellis, and Australia's Taquele Naiyaravoro and Will Skelton in the squad being put together by coaches Robbie Deans and Will Greenwood as the famous invitation club targets a hat-trick of wins over the side ranked No.4 in the world.

After taking on South Africa at Wembley, the Barbarians play the Czech Republic in Prague on November 8 before facing Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on November 11.

"This is a talented group of young men with the potential to play at the very highest level and they will all be hungry to impress in their time with the Barbarians," said Deans.

"Alongside the more experienced players in the squad, we should have a very competitive group."

Shields is closing in on an All Blacks place after starring in the Hurricanes back row alongside Victor Vito and Ardie Savea this year, Goodes has made 60 Super Rugby appearances as a mobile prop while lock Fatialofa enjoyed a breakthrough first Super Rugby season with 15 appearances.

Talented young flyhalf Mo'unga is the successor to Dan Carter at the Crusaders and his teammate Taufua is rated as a back-row competitor to the All Blacks' Jerome Kaino.

The Highlanders - Super Rugby champions in 2015 - provide free-scoring centre Faddes and No.8 Whitelock, who was capped by New Zealand in 2013.

The Barbarians take on South Africa for the eighth time since 1952 and lead the series four-three after victories in 2007 and 2010.

The 125-year-old club won 26-20 in 2010 when tries from Australia's Drew Mitchell (two), James O'Connor and Italy's Quintin Geldenhuys secured victory. 

In 2007 the Barbarians were the first side to beat the newly-crowned World Champions with a 22-5 win that saw Australia's Matt Giteau and Rocky Elsom, and Wales's Martyn Williams touch down.