Category Archives: Barbarians

Cheika shows his hand early and comes up trumps

Henry Speight will debut against the Barbarians. Photo: Roar

Henry Speight will debut against the Barbarians. Photo: Roar

New Wallaby coach Michael Cheika dealt Australian rugby a royal flush with his first cards on the table to meet the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.

Four selections stand out.

Naming the tireless Matt Hodgson as skipper for the opener is a masterstroke, recognising the huge season he had leading the Force.

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Sivivatu, Samo in Pacific Barbarians

Former Wallaby Radike Samo competing in Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds. Photo: Zimbio

Former Wallaby Radike Samo competing in Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds. Photo: Zimbio

Former All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu and ex Wallaby Radike Samo have been named in a star-studded Pacific Barbarians line-up for Sunday’s clash against Tonga in Auckland.

Other ex All Blacks are Jerry Collins, Sione Lauwaki, Rene Ranger, and Justine Marshall alongside former Wallabies Rodney Blake and Digby Ioane.

Recent Tonga Test representatives Lua Lokotui, Kurt Morath and Taniela Moa are set to face off against their international team-mates as part of the combined team which is coached by former New Zealand number eight Wayne Shelford.

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Barbarians hammer Fiji

Barbarians coach Steve Hansen and skipper Jean de Villiers with the Killik Cup after the presentation. Photo: Planet Rugby

Barbarians coach Steve Hansen and skipper Jean de Villiers with the Killik Cup after the presentation. Photo: Planet Rugby

The Barbarians outclassed Fiji 43-19 in an entertaining match played in front of a near 70,000 crowd to mark the Islanders’ centenary.

It was a match played in great spirit, with both teams exhibiting the running rugby craved by the Twickenham supporters, and some of the game’s greats showcasing their silky handling and offensive prowess.

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Hansen to use fringe Blacks

The winning All Blacks after defeating Ireland on Sunday. Photo: Planet Rugby

The winning All Blacks after defeating Ireland on Sunday. Photo: Planet Rugby

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is relishing the chance to work with some of his under-used players as he prepares the Barbarians team to play Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday.

Eight New Zealanders feature in the 23-strong invitation squad to celebrate Fiji rugby’s centenary, and the match will allows Barbarians coach Hansen a chance to further develop a handful of All Blacks players who played little or no rugby during their season-ending tour.

Veteran hooker Keven Mealamu and first-season All Blacks Charles Piutau and Steven Luatua are joined by five others who took no part in the Tests against France, England and Ireland this month – namely wing Frank Halai, utility back Tom Taylor, loose forward Luke Whitelock, lock Dominic Bird, and uncapped scrum-half TJ Perenara.

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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.
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Hansen prepares Baa-Baas against Fiji

Brian Habana runs in for a try for the Barbarians against New Zealand. Photo: Barbarians FC

Brian Habana runs in for a try for the Barbarians against New Zealand. Photo: Barbarians FC

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will take charge of a 23-man Barbarians’ squad for the Killik Cup match against Fiji at Twickenham on 30 November.
The squad confirmed today features Springboks’ captain Jean de Villiers and seven other members of his side that has beaten Wales and Scotland on their current tour, together with eight of the all-conquering All Blacks’ squad.
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Boks, ABs dominate Barbarians squad

Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers has been selected for the Barbarians to play Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers has been selected for the Barbarians to play Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

South Africa’s captain Jean de Villiers was one of nine Springboks included in a 23-man Barbarians squad to play Fiji at Twickenham on November 30.

The squad contains eight members of the South Africa squad who  already beaten Wales and Scotland on their current tour of Europe, as well as legendary Springbok flanker Schalk Burger.

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