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.
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.Tweet