5 SA stars in BaaBaas squad

2012-05-15 11:11

London - Star names from 10 countries, including three Test centurions, feature in a 33-strong Barbarians' squad for their three-match tour.

According to the official Barbarians website, the tour opener against England on May 27 will be followed by assignments against Ireland in Gloucester and Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Latest additions to the squad announced include New Zealand's most-capped fullback Mils Muliaina, South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning captain John Smit, Argentine points' machine Felipe Contepomi and supercharged Leinster utility back Isa Nacewa.

Among the Barbarian debutants behind the scrum are Samoan duo Sailosi Tagicakibau and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and a home nations' trio of Mike Tindall, Stephen Jones and Rory Lawson. Shane Williams is set to take his final curtain on the international stage when the Barbarians face Wales on June 2.

In an experienced pack Duncan Jones, John Afoa, John Beattie, Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Mick O'Driscoll also become BaaBaas for the first time.

The squad, which will be coached by All Blacks' legend John Kirwan assisted by Grant Doorey, assembles in London on May 22.

Barbarians' squad:


Isa Nacewa (Fiji), Mils Muliaina (New Zealand), Ian Balshaw (England), Cedric Heymans (France), Shane Williams (Wales), Paul Sackey (England), Sailosi Tagicakibau (Samoa), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (Samoa), Mike Tindall (England), Damien Traille (France), Felipe Contepomi (Argentine), Stephen Donald (New Zealand), Stephen Jones (Wales), Rory Lawson (Scotland), Jerome Fillol (France)


Schalk Brits (South Africa), Benoit August (France), John Smit (South Africa), Aled de Malmanche (New Zealand), John Afoa (New Zealand), Duncan Jones (Wales), BJ Botha (South Africa), Neemia Tialata (New Zealand), Jerome Thion (France), Mick O'Driscoll (Ireland), Anton van Zyl (South Africa), Pelu Taele (Samoa), Raphael Lakafia (France), Antoine Burban (France), Akupusi Qera (Fiji), John Beattie (Scotland), Pedrie Wannenburg (South Africa), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Argentine)


Sunday, May 27 v England (Twickenham)

Tuesday, May 29 v Ireland (Kingsholm, Gloucester)

Saturday, June 2 v Wales (Millennium Stadium)


  • Reinhardt Leach - 2012-05-15 11:41

    Schalk Brits should be in the SA team against England, that is one great player!

      Andrew - 2012-05-16 06:56

      31 years old TODAY! Older than F du Preez.

  • Shaun - 2012-05-15 11:41

    And not a single SA backline player - makes me thank of that blue bulls joke "That the Blue Bulls forwards won`t be wearing any underwear this season - so that the backline can at least get to see some ball"

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 12:02

      also worst defence in top 6

      Eugene - 2012-05-15 23:19

      Classic Shaun ... If you ever find yourself in that part of the world you will notice that the bull supporters took it one step further and started hanging blue bull 'balls' behind their cars! Blueraven - Die Bulls se agterlyn doen net goed agv 'n Stormer wat die backline coach is!!!

  • Jason - 2012-05-15 11:51

    More rugby to watch.................I love my life!

      Rohann - 2012-05-15 11:53

      @Jason lol. Rugby is awesome!

  • steyts - 2012-05-15 12:04

    The only "star" of those players is Schalk Brits

      vdwjasper - 2012-05-15 12:29

      Wannenburg isn't playing half bad himself at the moment.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-15 13:02

      Van Zyl?

  • legndkilla - 2012-05-15 13:25

    stars abroad yet failed to be recognised in their own country and its nt that they not good enough to play springbok rugby, if the coach can use people like fourie du preez and victor matfield and fetch various other players overseas why cant the same happen here?

  • Schalk - 2012-05-15 14:11

    En daai almal (behalwe Smit) is ordentlike talent wat ons nog kan gebruik in S.A, wat hulself nou in n ander land vind omdat daar beter geleethede is en geen kwota stelsels is daai kant nie...

  • Jacques - 2012-05-15 14:47

    @schalk. John Smit is nie meer in SA nie so al jul flippen anti-Smit mense kan nou maar jul bekke van hom afhou.

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