The prodigal son returns

Scott Bryant May 25, 2009 8

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Whits returns, with less hair

Whits returns, with less hair

Fresh from helping Leinster to its Heiny Cup victory on the weekend, ARU media has announced that Chris Whitaker will join the Baa-Baa’s for their one off game against the Wallabies in Sydney on June 6th.

It will be a triumphant return for Whitaker, who will play his first game on Australian soil since leaving the Tahs at the end of the 2006 Super 14 season.

The inclusion of Whitaker comes with the withdrawal of French scrummie, Dmitri Yachvilli, and will no doubt have the NSW crowd in raptures. Indeed it may be a case of the NSW crowd cheering for the visiting team as Whits completes a Tahs trifecta with Rocky Elsom and Phil Waugh also lining up against the Wallabies.

Whits is the most capped Waratah captain with 40 games, and has the record for the most games for NSW with 118.

The Baa-Baa’s play England (sans Lions tourists) at Twickers on May 30 then fly to Sydney to play the Wallabies a week later.

Barbarians’ Squad:.

Backs: Iain Balshaw (Gloucester Rugby and England), Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues & New Zealand), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster and Ireland)*, Peter Grant (Stormers and South Africa), Doug Howlett (Munster & New Zealand)*, Josh Lewsey (London Wasps and England)*, Seilala Mapusua (London Irish & Samoa), Justin Marshall (Saracens and New Zealand) , Luke McAllister (Sale Sharks and New Zealand)*, Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers & Ireland), Sonny Bill Williams (Toulon)*, Ratu Nasiganiyavi (Randwick)*, Chirs Whitaker (Leinster & Australia)*,

Forwards: Serge Betsen (London Wasps & France)*, B J Botha (Ulster & South Africa)*, Schalk Brits (Stormers and South Africa), Sebastien Bruno (Sale Sharks & France), Jerry Collins (Toulon & New Zealand), Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers & England), Rocky Elsom (Leinster & Australia), Chris Jack (Saracens & New Zealand), Greg Somerville (Gloucester Rugby & New Zealand)*, Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets & Wales)*, Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues)*

* denotes Barbarian debut


  • Cameron

    man this squad looks strong. what would be the starting XV???

    • Juan Cote

      not sure mate, care to give us yours?

  • Juan Cote

    Here goes with my Baa-Baa’s starting XV

    15. Murphy
    14. Ratu
    13. Sonny Bro
    12. McAllister
    11. Lewsey
    10. Grant
    9. Whits (of course!!!)
    8. Cozza
    7. Waugh
    6. The Rock
    5. Jack
    4. Ranga Tito
    3. Sommerville
    2. Bruno
    1. Thomas

    Open to suggestions….

    • Ishmael

      You’d have to think Howlett would get in ahead of Ratu…other than that it looks good. They’ll probably start Marshall against England and Whits against Aus.

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  • tim

    You have confused me.

    “The Baa-Baa’s play England (sans Lions tourists) at Twickers on June [MAY} 30 then fly to Sydney to play the Wallabies a week later.”

    tim’s last blog post..Learning to be successful from hobbits

    • Gagger

      I’m sorry Tim. We’ve corrected it.

      Are you feeling better now?

  • Bill

    Tim is obviously a complete twat. All well, heres to hoping SonnY Bill shreds the aussies up and shows all those NSW tossers why New Zealanders play Union and not League!