Six test Springboks and the uncapped WP Nel will start for the Barbarians against New Zealand this weekend. Two further Boks have been named on the bench.Bulls skipper Victor Matfield will lead the side from the second row, where he’ll partner former Durbanite Carlo de Fava, currently an Italian national representative. Nel will start at tighthead alongside Bismarck du Plessis of the Sharks. Another Italian completes the tight five, with Salvatore Perugini at loosehead. Schalk Burger is back at openside flank, with Australians Rocky Elsom (blindside) and George Smith (number 8) making up the balance of the loose trio.
Fourie du Preez, Jacque Fourie and Bryan Habana all start amongst the backs, with a pair of Australians at flyhalf (Matt Giteau) and fullback (Drew Mitchell). Welshman Jamie Roberts will be Fourie’s centre partner and the big number 12 should prove the perfect foil for the pacey South African. All Black Joe Rokocoko completes a star-studded lineup as he wears the number 14 shirt.
Sharks prop Beast Mtawarira and Bulls pivot Morne Steyn are on the bench, together with yet another SA-born Italian lock in Quintin Geldenhuys.
Barbarians - 15 Drew Mitchell (Australia), 14 Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand), 13 Jaque Fourie (South Africa), 12 Jamie Roberts (Wales), 11 Bryan Habana (South Africa), 10 Matt Giteau (Australia), 9 Fourie du Preez (South Africa), 8 George Smith (Australia), 7 Schalk Burger (South Africa), 6 Rocky Elsom (Australia), 5 Victor Matfield (South Africa, captain), 4 Carlo del Fava (Italy), 3 WP Nel (Free State Cheetahs), 2 Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa), 1 Salvatore Perugini (Italy).
Subs: 16 Stephen Moore (Australia), 17 Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa), 18 Quintin Geldenhuys (Italy), 19 Andy Powell (Wales), 20 Will Genia (Australia), 21 Morne Steyn (South Africa), 22 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales).