Burger to start for Barbarians

Schalk Burger will start for the Baa-Baas on the side of the scrum. Photo: Planet Rugby

Schalk Burger will start for the Baa-Baas on the side of the scrum. Photo: Planet Rugby

Barbarians coach Steve Hansen has named a strong starting line-up for their clash with Fiji at Twickenham.
Schalk Burger is one of seven Springboks in the run-on side which also includes four All Blacks. Scrum-half TJ Perenara, the only uncapped Test player in the 23-man squad, starts at scrum-half.
Argentina’s Santiago Cordera is at full-back with the back three completed by New Zealand duo Frank Halai and Charles Piutau of the Blues.
Jean de Villiers captains the side from centre alongside Gavin Williams while the former’s fellow South African, Pat Lambie, wears ten.
Up front there is Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Matias Diaz while Dominic Bird and Flip van der Merwe are the two second-rows.
Springbok Burger forms a strong back-row unit of Duane Vermeulen and All Black Steven Luatua.
Barbarians: 15 Santiago Cordero, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Gavin Williams, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Matias Diaz, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Guillermo Roan, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Willie le Roux.
Date: Saturday, November 30
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Luke Pearce, Greg Garner (England)
Television match official: David Grashoff (England)
• Planet Rugby

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