Rugby

5 SA stars in BaaBaas squad

2012-05-15 11:11
Schalk Brits (File)
London - Star names from 10 countries, including three Test centurions, feature in a 33-strong Barbarians' squad for their three-match tour.

According to the official Barbarians website, the tour opener against England on May 27 will be followed by assignments against Ireland in Gloucester and Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Latest additions to the squad announced include New Zealand's most-capped fullback Mils Muliaina, South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning captain John Smit, Argentine points' machine Felipe Contepomi and supercharged Leinster utility back Isa Nacewa.

Among the Barbarian debutants behind the scrum are Samoan duo Sailosi Tagicakibau and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and a home nations' trio of Mike Tindall, Stephen Jones and Rory Lawson. Shane Williams is set to take his final curtain on the international stage when the Barbarians face Wales on June 2.

In an experienced pack Duncan Jones, John Afoa, John Beattie, Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Mick O'Driscoll also become BaaBaas for the first time.

The squad, which will be coached by All Blacks' legend John Kirwan assisted by Grant Doorey, assembles in London on May 22.

Barbarians' squad:

Backline:

Isa Nacewa (Fiji), Mils Muliaina (New Zealand), Ian Balshaw (England), Cedric Heymans (France), Shane Williams (Wales), Paul Sackey (England), Sailosi Tagicakibau (Samoa), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (Samoa), Mike Tindall (England), Damien Traille (France), Felipe Contepomi (Argentine), Stephen Donald (New Zealand), Stephen Jones (Wales), Rory Lawson (Scotland), Jerome Fillol (France)

Forwards:

Schalk Brits (South Africa), Benoit August (France), John Smit (South Africa), Aled de Malmanche (New Zealand), John Afoa (New Zealand), Duncan Jones (Wales), BJ Botha (South Africa), Neemia Tialata (New Zealand), Jerome Thion (France), Mick O'Driscoll (Ireland), Anton van Zyl (South Africa), Pelu Taele (Samoa), Raphael Lakafia (France), Antoine Burban (France), Akupusi Qera (Fiji), John Beattie (Scotland), Pedrie Wannenburg (South Africa), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Argentine)

Fixtures:

Sunday, May 27 v England (Twickenham)

Tuesday, May 29 v Ireland (Kingsholm, Gloucester)

Saturday, June 2 v Wales (Millennium Stadium)

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