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WP Capt. called up to Barbarians


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 29 Nov 2010 at 19:10
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Western Province captain Anton van Zyl has been called up by the Barbarians to play against his fellow countrymen when the BaaBaas host South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, December 4.

Van Zyl played Super 14 rugby for the Stormers this year and follows in the footsteps of other uncapped South Africans such as JD Moller and WP Nel who have been part of winning Barbarians teams on big Twickenham occasions in recent years.

Barbarians commercial director Mike Burton said, “We are always on the lookout for players just beneath what you might call the ‘Test radar’ and it has worked well for us when we beat the Springboks and the All Balcks in the last three years.”

The 30-year-old lock joins a host of household names in another star-studded Barbarians squad, including several All Blacks and Wallabies while Cardiff Blues and Wales prop John Yapp is another addition.

The team assembled in London over the weekend ahead of a full seven days build-up under the direction of coach Nick Mallett, assisted by Alan Solomons. The starting line-up and captain will be announced on Tuesday.

Barbarians squad:

Backs: James O’Connor (Aus) Joe Rokocoko (NZ) Drew Mitchell (Aus) Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus) Isaia Toeava (NZ) Ma’a Nonu (NZ) Berrick Barnes (Aus) Matt Giteau (Aus) Will Genia (Aus) Andy Ellis (NZ)

Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZ), Stephen Moore (Aus), Salvatore Perugini (Ita), Neemia Tialata (NZ), John Yapp (Wal), Chris Jack (NZ), Anton van Zyl (Stormers), Quintin Geldenhuys (Ita), Martyn Williams (Wal), Rodney So’oialo (NZ), Colin Bourke (Chiefs), Daniel Braid (NZ).

Courtesy of Rugby 365.



11 Comments

  • These guys can name a FLIPPEN awesome team with this squad. :shock:

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.11.10 19:12:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Don’t understand the point of a squad that is almost fully NZ and Oz.

    How about throwing together a team of contrasting styles and culture – it is supposed to be festival rugby after all!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.11.10 19:15:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • “We are always on the lookout for players just beneath what you might call the ‘Test radar’

    Backs: James O’Connor (Aus) Joe Rokocoko (NZ) Drew Mitchell (Aus) Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus) Isaia Toeava (NZ) Ma’a Nonu (NZ) Berrick Barnes (Aus) Matt Giteau (Aus) Will Genia (Aus) Andy Ellis (NZ)

    ALL Current Test players.

    Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZ), Stephen Moore (Aus), Salvatore Perugini (Ita), Neemia Tialata (NZ), John Yapp (Wal), Chris Jack (NZ), Anton van Zyl (Stormers), Quintin Geldenhuys (Ita), Martyn Williams (Wal), Rodney So’oialo (NZ), Colin Bourke (Chiefs), Daniel Braid (NZ).

    Almost ALL current test players

    Seems this is a World XV rather than a BaaBaas team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.11.10 19:18:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We’re gonna get thrashed!! :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.11.10 19:39:06 by wpw Reply
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  • Afraid I have to agree. Our makeshift backline is going to have to gel pretty quickly indeed. Rumours suggest that we will see jantjes-lambie-jacobs at 10-12-13. Could be great… Could also get ugly

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.11.10 20:33:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t care who the baabaas have! Go bokke we can win just throw the ball to alberts ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.11.10 22:36:54 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    This is a World XV, and not a typical Baa Baa team..

    It seems that the seletors have gone for a stronger team to actually compete, rather than having the top players from every team in there.

    I would have loved to see Chabal or someone like that in there..

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.11.10 08:28:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : I have a feeling the enforcement of the French and English leagues’ “test window” crap is the reason that very few Northern Hemisphere players are available.

    So greed at a club level is going to end up killing the Baabaas concept!

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.11.10 08:41:17 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 8) :

    Good point, never thought about that..

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.11.10 08:42:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • This is a bit ridiculous. :o They might as well just call it SA vs the other two TriN teams. The baabaas is supposed to include a players from various nations. And im sure they meant more than two nations when they stipulated various…..

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.11.10 09:25:39 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • That is a very strong Baabaa’s team and a terrific backline. Boks are going to have to really play out their socks if they are going to win this one.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.11.10 11:05:26 by Pokkel Reply
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