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RWC Boks in White’s BaaBaa brigade

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Wallabies on 26 Sep 2008 at 08:15
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Jake White will have the help of seven of his World Cup Springboks when his Barbarian side face the Wallabies in the Olympic Centenary match at Wembley Stadium on December 3.

Rugby 365 reports that according to OFM Sport’s official site, Boks such as Percy Montgomery, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha and John Smit have already confirmed their participation.

All Blacks Richie McCaw, Jerry Collins and Joe Rokocoko will also be in Baa-Baas action.

The Olympic Centenury match marks the first time White will coach a side after last years’ World Cup success with the Springboks, who ironically lost 5-22 to the Baa-Baas at Twickenham last December.

This latest high-profile match for the Barbarians – Rugby Union’s most prestigious invitational side – celebrates 100 years since the Olympic Games were first staged in London.

This fixture will also be the first Union match to be played at the new Wembley stadium, which will stage a half-time parade featuring Great Britain’s medal winners from last month’s Beijing Olympic Games.


  • ha ha ha. what a great idea. maybe we should get our olympic medal winners oh sorry winner to parade around during the halftime of the elephants eagles match.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.08 08:50:24 by try time Reply
  • as if our boks don’t play enough rugby, we’ll let them earn some extra cash on the side playing, thats right more rugby. these stupid year end games kill s14 preparations. if we took them seriously i wouldn’t mind, but its just a mess around where our players get injured and usually lose due to fatigue.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.08 08:57:02 by try time Reply
  • if you look at the bok players being used, they are the older guys that have a history of getting injured. and they are crucial to our s14 teams. so an injury to these guys will mess teams up. as if s14 isn’t hard enough for sa teams. what are these guys thinking?

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.08 08:59:57 by try time Reply
  • Wonder if they have started selling tickets?

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.08 10:10:21 by McLovin Reply
  • Seems there are still plenty tickets available. Can get a seat on the halfway line in row 14 for £60.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.08 10:14:40 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : has there ever been a rugby game at wembley before?

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.08 10:19:45 by try time Reply
  • I thought Wembly was in Athlone,and that they sold food!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.08 10:31:31 by PJLD Reply
  • Waars WPW??? Long time , no see… 😐

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.08 10:43:38 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Nothing worng with BaaBaa games in my opinion.

    It’s an awesome tradition, a great honour for the player and, in today’s rugby environment of the same staid competitions year in year out, it’s a wonderful break.

    And the rugby is pretty damned entertianing as there is none of the “win at all costs” mentality.

    I also think, form a player’s perspective, it must be a wonderful opportunity to play on the same team as other top players wolrdwide whom you’d normally play against.

    The Baabaas games are also heavily charity-based so I personally feel the “meaningless” comments attributed to these games are unnecessary.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.08 10:46:46 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @try time (Comment 6) : Plenty. Wales played there home games there whilst the millenium stadium was being built. Although that was the old Wembley.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.08 10:47:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @try time (Comment 6) : I think the Boks have played there before.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.08 10:47:48 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : thats right. they played there just before the 1999 world cup.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.08 11:07:55 by try time Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 9) : i have no problem with baa baa games, my problem is the overuse of our players that already moan about too many games. the provinces pay their salaries, but have to bend over and take it from the fans and boks when the team does badly. we must either join the northern hemisphere competition and help them with their charities, or we use our players for our own barbarian charity gig as warmup to tri nations.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.08 11:12:29 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 13) : these top boks chew up most the unions disposable income, but play the least games for the union. either they get remunerated for the use of these guys or they put a blanket ban on their use.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.09.08 11:15:28 by try time Reply


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