Bok Trio In Barbarians Team
Three Springboks have been included in the Barbarians side for Saturday’s showdown against Australia.
Bryan Habana and Adriaan Strauss have been named along with Victor Matfield who will make a swansong appearance for the BaaBaas.
The team, to be coached by former All Black World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry and Steve Hanson, boast a wealth of appearance in excess of 1000 Tests.
Sonny Bill Williams has pulled out of the side with a hamstring injury but the squad still features five All Blacks as well as uncapped centre Robbie Fruean while veteran Stirling Mortlock is set to face some of his former Wallaby teammates.
One of the most intriguing selections is that of England Rugby League star Sam Tomkins, who played against the Australian Kangaroos last weekend.
Speaking of the 22-year-old Tomkins’ inclusion, Barbarians commercial director Mike Burton said, "We are delighted that Sam, with the support of the coaches and management at Wigan, has accepted this opportunity to play in such a high-profile union match.
"The Barbarian club has a tradition of thinking outside the circle when inviting players with League backgrounds, and usually to everyone's benefit.
"In recent years the likes of Mat Rogers, Lote Tuqiri, Wendell Sailor and, a few months ago, Willie Mason, have all made a mark when playing for us on the big stage. We are confident that Sam will be equal to the challenge this week."
The starting line-up and captain will be named later in the week.
Barbarians squad: Sam Tomkins (England Rugby League), Bryan Habana (South Africa), Isaia Toeava (New Zealand), Robbie Fruean (Crusaders), Stirling Mortlock (Australia), Richard Kahui (New Zealand), Seru Rabeni (Fiji), Danny Cipriani (England), Peter Stringer (Ireland), Nemia Kenatale (Fiji), Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), Adriaan Strauss (South Africa), Salvatore Perugini (Italy), Sylvain Marconnet (France), Eusebio Guinazu (Argentina), Victor Matfield (South Africa), Simon Shaw (England), Marco Bortolami (Italy), Jason White (Scotland), Jerome Kaino (New Zealand), Adam Thomson (New Zealand), Mauro Bergamasco (Italy).