Baa-Baas go Saffa central

Currie Cup winning WP flyhalf Robert du Preez is the latest in a string of South Africans named in the Barbarians squad to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 24-year-old flyhalf is joined by Adriaan Strauss, Ruan Ackermann, Kwagga Smith, Akker van der Merwe, and Jacques van Rooyen.

The squad – which will also face Tonga at Munster’s Thomond Park in Limerick on November 10 – includes two members of the Barbarians side beaten 31-28 by Australia in Sydney last Saturday.

Former Wallabies and Crusaders head coach, Robbie Deans takes charge for the two games and has called up 13 Kiwis including former All Blacks Ben Franks and Steven Luatua, who are now both based in England.

Other All Blacks of note in Deans’ squad are 2015 World Cup-winning wing Julian Savea and scrumhalf Andy Ellis, who was a member of the 2011 World Cup-winning side.

Kickoff is at 17h00 on Saturday 4 November. The game will be televised on SuperSport 1.

Baa-Baas squad:
Forwards: Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester), Dominic Bird (Chiefs), Willie Britz (Sunwolves), Sam Carter (Brumbies), Simone Favaro (Fiamme Oro), Ben Franks (London Irish), Dillon Hunt (Highlanders), Steven Luatua (Bristol), Atu Moli (Chiefs), Kwagga Smith (Lions), Ruan Smith (Toyota Verblitz), Adriaan Strauss (Bulls), Akker van der Merwe (Sharks), Jacques van Rooyen (Lions), Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand)

Backs: Vince Aso (Hurricanes), George Bridge (Crusaders), Richard Buckman (Highlanders), Mitchell Drummond (Crusaders), Robert du Preez (Stormers), Andy Ellis (Kobelco Steelers), Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs), Julian Savea (Hurricanes), Nic Stirzaker (Rebels), Harold Vorster (Lions)

New Zealand squad:
Forwards: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Kane Hames, Nepo Laulala, Tim Perry, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Matt Todd

Backs: Tawera Kerr–Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, David Havili, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Seta Tamanivalu

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Barry Smith

    A nice acknowledgement for Du Preeze. I guess there’s no chance of swopping him out with Pollard, is there?

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