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Barbarians vs South Africa, Twickenham

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Peter Sullivan (51)
Juan Smith will lead the Boks, who's backline is really very much a case of last men standing:

Smith to lead South Africa
ESPNscrum Staff
November 28, 2010

Juan Smith will captain South Africa when they take on the Barbarians next weekend in their final match of the season.

The Springboks named a 23-man squad on Sunday with Smith taking the armband from Victor Matfield, who misses out after suffering a rib injury in Saturday's 21-11 victory over England.

Jean de Villiers also picked up a groin strain in the same Test and has been released from the side, along with Francois Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Pierre Spies, Morne Steyn and Deon Stegmann.

The starting line-up will be named on Wednesday, with the Springboks taking on the Baa-Baas at Twickenham on Saturday.

South Africa squad:

Backs: Gio Aplon, Francois Hougaard, Adi Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane.

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Keegan Daniel, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski, Bandise Maku, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Smith (captain), Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe.


Rod McCall (65)
My Bok run on XV
Kirschner, Aplon, AD, Lampie, Mvovo, Jantjies, Hougaard, Willem, Juan, Daniels, Bakkies, Hargreaves, Jannie, Battleship, Beast


Chilla Wilson (44)
When is this game televised? Who's playing for the Baa Baas? I hope TPN (Tatafu Polota-Nau) stays on for another hit out.


Andrew Slack (58)

Western Province captain Anton van Zyl has been called up by the Barbarians to play against his fellow countrymen in the MasterCard Trophy match against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday 4 December.
Van Zyl played Super 14 rugby for the Stormers this year and follows in the footsteps of other uncapped South Africans such as J D Moller and W P Nel who have been part of winning Barbarians' teams on big Twickenham occasions in recent years.
Barbarians' commercial director Mike Burton said, "We are always on the lookout for players just beneath what you might call the 'test radar' and it has worked well for us when we beat the Springboks and the All Balcks in the last three years."
The 30-year-old lock joins a host of household names in another star-studded Barbarians' squad, including several All Blacks and Wallabies while Cardiff Blues and Wales' prop John Yapp is another addition.
The team assemble in London over the weekend ahead of a full seven days' build-up under the direction of coach Nick Mallett, assisted by Alan Solomons. The starting line-up and captain will be announced on Tuesday.
Barbarians' squad:
*James O'Connor (Aus)
Joe Rokocoko (NZ)
Drew Mitchell (Aus)
*Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus)
*Isaia Toeava (NZ)
Ma'a Nonu (NZ)
*Berrick Barnes (Aus)
Matt Giteau (Aus)
Will Genia (Aus)
*Andy Ellis (NZ)
*Keven Mealamu (NZ)
Stephen Moore (Aus)
Salvatore Perugini (Ita)
*Neemia Tialata (NZ)
*John Yapp (Wal)
Chris Jack (NZ)
*Anton van Zyl (Stormers)
Quintin Geldenhuys (Ita)
Martyn Williams (Wal)
Rodney So'oialo (NZ)
*Colin Bourke (Chiefs)
*Daniel Braid (NZ)

[* - denotes new Barbarians]

Nick Mallett
Alan Solomons


Trevor Allan (34)
Can't help but feel a little bit of the Barbarians spirit has died of late. Seems to be too much effort to get the best players out there from the the 3N, a wililngness to take penalty shots and a the festival style game seems to have died.


Greg Davis (50)
I thought the last two Barbarians games were both excellent. I was at Wembley for the Wallabies game and it was a feast of running rugby from both sides, except for the obligatory Fran Steyn drop goal attempts from runnable midfield positions.

Edit: I mean the games played in the NH. I thought the Barbarians game down here was awful.


Phil Kearns (64)
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I agree MR, but I don't think it has damaged the brand too much. I dislike the fact that they seem to be playing many more games than they used to, and it dilutes the occassion somewhat. But the core Barbarians principles have been kept alive, and the games are always good to watch. It is what makes our game great, and its a concept no other code could pull off.

Although it shits me that they keep picking Giteau at 5/8.


Rod McCall (65)
I'd like to see youngsters like Jantjies, Lampie, Daniels having a crack on this level. Specially Jantjies, think the youngster have a lot of talent. Pitty we could not throw Taute in this match.


Andrew Slack (58)
I'd like to see youngsters like Jantjies, Lampie, Daniels having a crack on this level. Specially Jantjies, think the youngster have a lot of talent. Pitty we could not throw Taute in this match.

Hope they start.


The home nations are all whinging about the lack of NH representation again.

really, who and where is whinging? There are obviously going to be next to no NH players as they're all contracted in club competitions and this money spinner falls outside the window. It is a bit silly really, as the Baa Baas have essentially become a SH team these days, even though they play up here more often.


Rod McCall (65)
15 James O'Connor (Australië), 14 Joe Rococoko (Nieu-Seeland), 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australië), 12 Ma'a Nonu (Nieu-Seeland), 11 Drew Mitchell (Australië), 10 Matt Giteau (Australië, kaptein), 9 Will Genia (Australië), 8 Colin Bourke (Chiefs), 7 Martyn Williams (Wallis), 6 Rodney So'oialo (Nieu-Seeland), 5 Chris Jack (Nieu-Seeland), 4 Anton van Zyl (Stormers/WP), 3 Neemia Tialata (Nieu-Seeland), 2 Stephen Moore (Australië), 1 Salvatore Perugini (Italië).

Plaasvervangers: 16 Keven Mealamu (Nieu-Seeland), 17 John Yapp (Wallis), 18 Quintin Geldenhuys (Italië), 19 Daniel Braid (Nieu-Seeland), 20 Andy Ellis (Nieu-Seeland), 21 Stephen Donald (Nieu-Seeland), 22 Seru Rabini (Fidji).
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