Cape Town - The Barbarians will take on New Zealand with one of the All Blacks’ greatest-ever
try scorers in their ranks.
Cup winner Julian Savea will line up for the famous invitation club for the
tour which involves the Killik Cup match at Twickenham on November 4 and the
match against Tonga in Limerick on November 10.
was the 2015 World Cup’s leading try scorer and has touched down 46 tries in 54
appearances, appearing at international level most recently in the final drawn
Test of the British & Irish Lions series before his surprise omission from
this year’s Rugby Championship.
Doug Howlett (49 in 62) has scored more New Zealand tries. Savea is level in
second place with greats Christian Cullen and Joe Rokocoko — but none of his
rivals has a better strike rate.
will face the Haka for the first time at Twickenham as the Barbarians attempt
to emulate their famous wins of 1973 and 2009 when one of rugby’s most famous
rivalries is renewed.
is joined by another New Zealand World Cup winner in scrumhalf Andy Ellis and
five of Super Rugby’s brightest rising stars.
Mitchell Drummond and Richie Mo’unga lifted this year’s title with the
Crusaders and also included are lock Dominic Bird and prop Atu Moli (Chiefs),
and flanker Dillon Hunt (Highlanders).
will work with the coaching team of Robbie Deans, Scott Robertson and Will
Greenwood when the squad assembles in London on Monday, October 30.