The Barbarians team is due to be announced later today. 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.
Only one South African player has been called up to this squad. Western Province captain Anton van Zyl, will play against his fellow countrymen this weekend when the BaaBaas host South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, December 4.
Van Zyl played Super 14 rugby for the Stormers this year and has not been capped for South Africa. The 30-year-old lock joins a host of household names in another star-studded Barbarians squad, including 9 All Blacks, 7 Ausies, 2 from Italy and Wales and Colin Burke the only other uncapped player in the squad.
This is a very good Barbarians squad and they would love to repeat their good results of the past three years, beating the All Blacks and the Springboks, on their previous meetings. The Bok team, to be announced tomorrow, will have their work cut out for them if they would like to walk away with a victory from this game.
Whatever the result, this should be an exciting encounter.
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).
The Springbok squad:
Backs: Gio Aplon, Francois Hougaard, Adi Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane.
Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Keegan Daniel, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski, Bandise Maku, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Smith (captain), Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe.Tweet