Rugby

BaaBaas: Flip in for Etzebeth

2013-11-26 10:27
Flip van der Merwe (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Lock Flip van der Merwe has replaced fellow Springbok Eben Etzebeth in the Barbarians squad for their clash against Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday.

Etzebeth was ruled out for the festival match after sustaining an ankle injury in South Africa's 19-10 win over France last weekend.

The Barbarians confirmed the news via their official Twitter account on Monday.

The tweet read: Injured Etzebeth replaced by another mammoth & raw boned talent in @flipvandermerwe One Bok out & another in #baabaas #rugby #rugbyunited

They also confirmed that Bok captain Jean de Villiers will lead the side against the Islanders.

Overall there are nine Springboks in the squad coached by New Zealand's Steve Hansen.

Barbarians squad to play Fiji:

Backs: Willie le Roux (RSA), Santiago Cordero (ARG), Charles Piutau (NZL), Frank Halai (NZL), Jean de Villiers (RSA, captain), Gavin Williams (SAM), Patrick Lambie (RSA), Tom Taylor (NZL), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), Martin Landajo (ARG)

Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZL), Bismarck du Plessis (RSA), Tendai Mtawarira (RSA), Guillermo Roan (ARG), Coenie Oosthuizen (RSA), Matias Diaz (ARG), Flip van der Merwe (RSA), Dominic Bird (NZL), Manuel Carizza (ARG), Steven Luatua (NZL), Luke Whitelock (NZL), Schalk Burger (RSA), Duane Vermeulen (RSA)

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