Barbarians name side to face Australia at Twickenham

Springbok lock legend Victor Matfield will captain the Barbarians in the Killik Cup match against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday (kick off 2.35pm).

The 34-year-old reprises his role of 2009 when he led the famous touring club to victory over New Zealand. Packing down alongside Matfield will be Simon Shaw, 17 years after he was the member of an earlier Barbarian team that defeated South Africa.

There is also an English flavour along the Baa-Baas back line, with former London Wasps fly half Danny Cipriani starting at No. 10 and England Rugby League star man Sam Tomkins on the wing.

Coach Graham Henry has selected Bryan Habana on the other flank to Tomkins, while Peter Stringer partners Cipriani at half-back in a Barbarians combination that features players from 10 different countries, with over a thousand test caps between them.

The Barbarians:

15. Isaia Toeva, 14. Sam Tomkins, 13. Robbie Fruean, 12. Stirling Mortlock, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Peter Stringer, 1. Eusebio Guinazu, 2. Keven Mealamu, 3. Sylvain Marconnet, 4. Simon Shaw, 5. Victor Matfield (captain), 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Mauro Bergamasco, 8. Adam Thomson

Replacements:

16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Salvatore Perugini, 18. Jason White, 19. Marco Bortolami, 20. Nemia Kenatale, 21. Richard Kahui, 22. Seru Rabeni

12 thoughts on “Barbarians name side to face Australia at Twickenham

  1. I have a ticket and can’t wait!

    Fruean and Tomkins in ahead of Kahui is a strange one. Suppose the are the flashier guys.

    1. Fruean is a damn fine player too, unlucky not to make the World Cup, enjoy watching him with the ball in hand!

  2. So is Tomkins. In fact he’s never played a game of Union.

    Not remotely make or break for Cipriani. It’s a Barbarians match, they never are. It could have an impact on his short term reputation among casual fans but not for anyone who actually makes decisions such as coaches and management.

  3. Should be quite a match. Although with the age of the players in the barbarian’s run-on side, the second half should create quite a few gaps.

    Cipriani is talking a good game but he was still the worst defender in the Super XV. Twickenham is a big stage to f*ck up on.

  4. Would have liked to see the Enforcer along with Matfield one final time though.

    Tomkins and Habana is an interesting combination- one who is not native to rugby union and the other a pacy star whose best years, unfortunately, seem to be behind him.

  5. Not keen on Barbarian games usuallly but will be watching on Saturday to what all the fuss is about this Tomkins lad. If he’s half as good as I’ve heard and he plays well someone needs to dip their hand in their pocket and get him signed.

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