Rugby

Cooper leads BaaBaas against Wallabies

2017-10-26 08:38
Quade Cooper (Getty)

Cape Town - Quade Cooper leads an exciting young Barbarians team against Australia at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday (06:00 SA time).

The Reds flyhalf is the most experienced in terms of Test appearances in the starting line-up with 70 caps.

He will run a cosmopolitan backline featuring Samoa fullback Tim Nanai-Williams and New Zealanders Augustine Pulu and George Moala, as well as three Aussies in Taqele Naiyaravoro, Tom Banks and Eto Nabuli.

Another experienced Wallaby has been drafted into the forward pack with Wycliff Palu a late addition to the squad following the withdrawal of Jacques Potgieter through injury.

Veteran prop Ben Alexander has been added to the replacements following the injury sustained by Sef Fa’agase against the Classic Wallabies this week and the bench also features teenage scrumhalf Theo Strang, a highly-rated 18-year-old product of Scots College in Sydney.

Teams:

Australia

15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Israel Folau, 10 Duncan Paia'aua, 9 Nick Phipps (captain), 8 Lopeti Timani, 7 Jack Dempsey, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Tom Robertson

Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Curtis Rona, 23 Izaia Perese

Barbarians

15 Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs & Samoa), 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs & Australia), 13 Tom Banks (Brumbies), 12 George Moala (Blues & New Zealand), 11 Eto Nabuli (Reds & Australia), 10 Quade Cooper (Reds & Australia, captain), 9 Augustine Pulu (Blues & New Zealand), 8 Wycliff Palu (Toyota Verblitz & Australia), 7 Matt Hodgson (Force & Australia, vice-captain), 6 Isi Naisarani (Force), 5 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia), 4 Luke Jones (Bordeaux Begles & Australia), 3 Taniela Tupou (Reds), 2 Andrew Ready (Reds), 1 Pekahou Cowan (Force & Australia)

Substitutes: 16 Anaru Rangi (Force), 17 Ben Alexander (Brumbies & Australia), 18 Salesi Manu (Bond), 19 Matt Philip (Force), 20 Kane Koteka (Force), 21 Theo Strang (Sydney University), 22 Sam Greene (Toyota Verblitz), 23 Andrew Kellaway (Waratahs)

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