Eight All Blacks named in Barbarians squad
November 19, 2013
Schalk Burger will feature for the Barbarians © Getty Images
The Barbarians have confirmed their 23-man squad for the match against Fiji at Twickenham on November 30.
The invitational side will be coached by All Blacks boss Steve Hansen and the squad includes eight of the Kiwis who are currently touring Europe as they look to end 2013 unbeaten. Alongside the eight All Blacks, eight current Springboks have been called up with Jean de Villiers named.
Also named in the squad are five Argentinian internationals, Samoa's Gavin Williams and Schalk Burger who is back in the mix having spent much of the last two years on the sidelines. The match celebrates the centenary season of the Fiji Rugby Union and is a rematch of the famous game in 1970 when the Fijians defeated the Baa-Baas by 29-9.
Fiji Rugby Union CEO Manasa Baravilala said: "Our great victory 40-odd years ago was a major stepping stone in enhancing Fiji's profile. Now we can again showcase the best of Fijian rugby and there can be no better stage than a fixture against the Barbarians at Twickenham."
Forwards - Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa), Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa), Guillermo Roan (Argentina), Coenie Oosthuizen (South Africa), Matias Diaz (Argentina), Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Dominic Bird (New Zealand), Manuel Carizza (Argentina), Steven Luatua (New Zealand), Luke Whitelock (New Zealand), Schalk Burger (South Africa), Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)
Backs - Willie le Roux (South Africa), Santiago Cordero (Argentina), Charles Piutau (New Zealand), Frank Halai (New Zealand), Jean de Villiers (South Africa), Gavin Williams (Samoa), Patrick Lambie (South Africa), Tom Taylor (New Zealand), T J Perenara (Hurricanes), Martin Landajo (Argentina)
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