Springboks

BaaBaas beef up squad for duel with Boks

2016-10-27 22:04
Robbie Deans (Gallo Images)

London - Australia’s Sam Carter, Luke Morahan, Paddy Ryan and Toby Smith will join the Barbarians to for their matches against South Africa, the Czech Republic and Fiji next month.

Brumbies lock Carter, Force wing Morahan, Rebels prop Smith and Waratahs prop Ryan join Robbie Deans’ squad next week to start the build-up to the Killik Cup match against the Springboks at Wembley Stadium on November 5.

This follows after it was revealed earlier on Thursday that Cheetahs fullback Clayton Blommetjies would join the Barbarians ahead of their match against his countrymen.

A spokesperson for the Barbarians told Sport24 that Blommetjies will join the squad in London on Monday, with the final squad to be confirmed on Friday.

The above-mentioned players will be accompanied by uncapped hooker Andrew Ready (Reds) and London-born scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker (Rebels) as well as two of New Zealand’s most talented young backs.

Crusaders centre Seta Tamanivalu won his first three All Blacks caps this summer and is joined by Blues flier Melani Nanai, one of the Auckland franchise’s outstanding performers this year.

Deans and assistant coach Will Greenwood now have some of Super Rugby’s outstanding attacking talents on board with a final group of players still to be announced.

The latest call-ups join internationals Andy Ellis (Crusaders & New Zealand) and Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs & Australia), Hurricanes Super Rugby winners Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa and Reggie Goodes, Richard Mo’unga and Jordan Taufua from the Crusaders, and Matt Faddes and Luke Whitelock from the Highlanders.

Also on board are Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar (South Africa) and Dan Tuohy (Ireland) for the match against Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on November 11.

The Barbarians are taking on South Africa for the eighth time since 1952 and lead the series 4-3 after victories in 2007 and 2010.

The 125 year-old invitation club won 26-20 in 2010 when tries from Australia’s Drew Mitchell (2), James O’Connor and Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys secured victory.

In 2007 the Barbarians were the first side to beat the newly-crowned World Champions with a 22-5 win that saw Australia’s Matt Giteau and Rocky Elsom, and Wales’s Martyn Williams touch down.

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