Cape Town - The
Barbarians have added All Blacks Adam Thomson, Francis
Saili and Frank Halai to the squad to face Australia
at Twickenham next month.
2011 World Cup winning flank Thomson - who will play for Reds in
Super Rugby next year - is joined by exciting Blues centre Saili and giant
Blues wing Halai in the squad for the Killik Cup match on November 1 and
the game against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on November 4.
coach John Kirwan has also called up fullback Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs)
and wing Patrick Osborne (Highlanders) as well as the
Highlanders’ Japanese international scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka.
to the forwards are two hookers in the shape of veteran Samoa
international Mo Schwalger (Chiefs) and the Blues’ James
this month the Barbarians confirmed the recruitment of Australia wing Nick
Cummins and seven South Africa based players in props Matt Stevens, CJ van der
Linde, Coenie Oosthuizen and Thomas du Toit, and back rowers Michael Rhodes,
Jacques Botes and Heinrich Brussow.
coach Kirwan had stated his intention to add young players chasing Test
call-ups and Saili and Nanai-Williams are both backs who have impressed for
their respective franchises this year.
The six-foot-five Halai - capped by New Zealand in 2013 - and six-foot-three Osborne also fit
the bill as powerful wings who will take the game to the Wallabies along with
Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins, who has a cult following among Australian
Frank Halai is a real excitement machine and it’s the same with Francis Saili -
the wings are bigger than the locks,” said Kirwan.
“We’ve also got Nick Cummins
operating in a roving role out wide. The Badge can do what he wants!"
than 50 000 tickets have already been sold for the match.