Wallaby stars to join Boks at BaaBaas

2015-10-07 11:02
Michael Hooper (Gallo Images)

London - Australia’s star forwards will be lining up for a Barbarians side coached by Michael Cheika against Argentina and Gloucester next month.

Captain Stephen Moore, prop Greg Holmes, and flanks Michael Hooper and Scott Fardy were all prominent in last weekend's 33-13 win over England which secured their World Cup quarter-final place.

And all four - plus former Wallaby team-mate Stephen Hoiles - have accepted invitations to appear for the world famous club side at Kingsholm on November 17 before taking on the Pumas at Twickenham on November 21.

They will join up with Fijian superstar Nemani Nadolo and a big name contingent of South Africa players including Patrick Lambie, Victor Matfield and Tendai Mtawarira, as well as former Springbok lock Bakkies Botha.

The Barbarians, who beat Samoa at the former Olympic Stadium last month, were founded 125 years ago and the Killik Cup match against Argentina is the centrepiece of the celebrations.

Cheika has made a dramatic impact with the Wallabies since leading them for the first time in a 40-36 win against the Barbarians at Twickenham last November.

Vice-captain Hooper, who misses Saturday’s game against Wales through suspension, is impressed with how quickly his side’s forward play has developed and with the positive impact of the coach himself.

“The 10 month (scrummaging) turnaround has been incredible. It’s really pleasing they’ve been getting some pay for the hard work they’ve been doing and now they’ve set a benchmark,” said Hooper.

“It’s going to be nice to sit back after this is done and evaluate that and enjoy what he (Cheika) has done so far with us. Right now he’s just making us live in the moment, live day to day and just improve as a group."

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