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.
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.
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.