Barbarians squad full of Kiwi’s and Ausies

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Springboks on 30 Nov 2010 at 11:50

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.

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).

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.


  • The Baabaa’s are going to have a fantastic backline….let’s hope they are baabaalas on Saturday so the Boks can take them. Anybody in London keen to take the Barbarians out for a jol on Friday night? 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.11.10 12:00:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Some dodgy curry is also recommended!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.11.10 12:02:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Barbarians: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Joe Rococoko, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Matt Giteau (captain), 9 Will Genia, 8 Colin Bourke, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Rodney So’oialo, 5 Chris Jack, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
    Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 John Yapp, 18 Quintin Geldenhuys, 19 Daniel Braid, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Seru Rabini

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.11.10 12:04:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : interesting lock pairing there… they’ve played together once or twice

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.11.10 12:12:12 by robdylan Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Scary looking backline…I wonder how many test caps that backline has got?

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.11.10 12:14:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Boring Sanzar versus Sanzar fare… its a tragedy the northern hemisphere cant be better represented. If we wanted to see all these matchups, just wait for the super 15 or trinations… yawn.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.11.10 12:15:38 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    That’s right.. Going to be very interesting!

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.11.10 12:16:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Is the Boks team being announced today or tomorrow?

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.11.10 12:16:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This is my Bok team…not right or wrong just what i think PDiddy will put out…

    Beast / Bizi / Coenie / Bakkies / Flip / Alberts / Smith / Kanko

    Hougaard / Janties / Aplon / Lambie / Adi J / Lwazi / Nik Naks Man

    Strauss / Jannie / CJ / Big Al / Keegan / Odwa / Charl

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.11.10 12:24:20 by Barrel Reply
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 6) :

    Hey!! Long time!! 😉

    You’ve been as scarce as seeing Earl Rose making a tackle!! 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.11.10 12:24:35 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 10) : Or a Deon Stegmann turnover… 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.11.10 12:29:31 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 6) :
    Agree disappointing.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.11.10 12:32:23 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 11) : Or Waylon Murray making a head on tackle (true story…watch him and he lets them go past and takes them down from behind)

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.11.10 12:35:44 by Barrel Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :

    Tomorrow as far as I know

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.11.10 12:36:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : tomoz

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.11.10 12:37:08 by robdylan Reply
  • @Barrel (Comment 13) : Maybe he only likes taking from behind…

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.11.10 12:45:23 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 16) : was wondering when someone would go there… 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.11.10 12:48:05 by robdylan Reply
  • How could I resist. Like someone saying “Adrian Jacobs always plays better when he has a strong defender, like Jean de Villiers inside him”.. 🙄

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.11.10 12:56:42 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • Rugby Commentator: “Andrew Mehrtens loves it when Daryl Gibson comes inside of him.”

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.11.10 13:06:38 by Barrel Reply
  • @Barrel (Comment 19) : shocker…

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.11.10 13:11:45 by klempie Reply
  • @Barrel (Comment 19) : ah yes, the list could go on… “Carter throws a long one at Rocokoko who juggles it before coughing it up. Seems he couldnt handle the pressure coming from the rear and choked”

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.11.10 13:20:50 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • This thread is heading south

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.11.10 13:25:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) : Ok fair enough… which brings us back to how boring this barbarians match is going to be. It will tell us nothing about the strength of the Bok backups, nor allow anyone not included previously to push for a test spot. It will be the same tired players, playing against each other but with a slight change in that the barbarians players know that this game means nothing to them.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.11.10 13:32:19 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • Tank Lanning is at the Baabaa training and this is what he just tweeted. ‘ For obvious reasons, Mallett’s strike moves all aim to have Nonu and Rokocoko running onto either Jantjies or Lambie. ‘

    Talk about a baptism of fire!! The backlines are going to the men against the boys.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.11.10 13:36:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) :

    I think Lambie’s defence is pretty sound, Mallet will be making a mistake if he thinks Lambie’s channel is the weak link.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.11.10 13:41:04 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : Well, Lambie has had super14 exposure to NZ players as a 15 and made some good tackles. Jantjies has cut his teeth against the likes of Willem de Waal and Naas Olivier. It will be the first time he is playing against a senior player who doesnt play for a currie cup team. Could be brutal.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.11.10 13:41:22 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : Lambie will have no problem tackling these guys. I think they may have a bigger problem catching him. They’re not the most swift backs.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.11.10 13:41:41 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 26) : I don’t know if Pdiv will play Jantjies and Lambie together, if he does it will be a mistake. Start with one, bring the other on for the last 15.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.11.10 13:42:59 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 28) : That would be my take, but I have heard rumours they will start together…

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.11.10 13:46:54 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 28) : That is apparently the way they are training.

    9 Hougaard
    10 Jantjies
    11 Mvovov
    12. Lambie
    13. Adi
    14 Aplon
    15. Krusty

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.11.10 13:49:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 28) : There are no other centres still left unless you play Odwa or Hougaard at 12.

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.11.10 13:53:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : or Adi at 12 and Hougaard or Odwa at 13.

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.11.10 13:55:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 30) : Its a backline of hobbits… 😆

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.11.10 13:56:00 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 28) : How would you select the backline with the available players.

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.11.10 13:56:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 34) :

    How about this team

    15. Aplon
    14. Hougaard
    13. Kanko
    12. Adi
    11. Mvovo
    10. Lambie
    9. Charl
    8. Alberts
    7. Juan
    6. Keegan
    5. Hargreaves
    4. Bakkies
    3. Jannie
    2. Bissie
    1. Beast.

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.11.10 14:10:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) : Dude, if Frans Steyn couldnt adjust to a number 13 role (as he normally plays… well anywhere else in the backline) Im not convinced Kanko is up for it. He is fast (relative to other loose forwards) and has good skills, but hes no more a number 13 than Schalk Brits or Pierre Spies. This kind of radical change is rarely successful, especially as Kanko isnt exactly 19 years old. I would prefer to see a good specialist youngster be given a chance than create these artificial opportunities. Kanko is a great number 8 when the game is being played to his strengths. Why change that?

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.11.10 14:26:17 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 36) : Dude I’m just looking at who’s available for this weekends game and thinking out the box. The 10-12-13 combo just looks a bit light for me. I know it will never happen though. Keegan at 12 and Adi at 13 maybe 😈 😉

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.11.10 14:48:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 34) : Firstly I would have had more centers with me to start with. But since “I” weren’t smart in enough to do this in the first place. “I” find “Myself” in a tough position.

    I don’t think you should play two 19 year olds (or is Lambie 20 now?) against the likes of Matt and Nonu and Genia and other experienced players.

    9. Charl and 10. Lambie
    They combine together well.

    12. Adi – For his experience and he is the only real center left.

    11. 14. Lwazi and Odwa

    15. Aplon

    13. Krusty would be an option because Pdiv has selected him there, but I would go with something a little more adventurous. Maybe Hougaard. There’s also the option of Lwazi at 13 or Odwa like mentioned. The point is the 13 won’t play next to Lambie so it won’t matter as much.

    …or you can co really crazy and pick Kanko or Keegs there???

    Actually, Jantjies 10 Lambie 12 is probably the best option right, but how could we possibly think an under 20 9,10,12 will get anywhere against the experience the Barbarians will bring?

    I don’t really like playing players out of position so putting Adi at 12 is not ideal for me either. Adi is not a 12 imo.

    Does that give you an answer? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.11.10 14:50:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 38) : HUH??

    That was fine. The bottom line is there isn’t a lot of options with who is available.

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.11.10 15:00:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I would have preferred if we had a solid inside center there. Andries Strauss is the first name that comes to mind, but just because I know I’m going to be called biased. Then Meyer Bosman or Doppies La Grange would have done the job also. Both really good and experienced 12’s.

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.11.10 15:02:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : Exactly, but I still think it would be a bad decision putting the two youngsters together after spending the whole tour only giving Lambie odd moments at 10. I just don’t think it’s right.

    Frans Steyn would also have been an option at 12 had he been available.

    I just really don’t like the idea of throwing these to youngsters in at the deep end together. They may pass with flying colors, but I have a feeling Genia, Giteau and Nonu may just have a little fun with the two of them playing together for the first time.

    You know what, I don’t care if I’m called biased, the Sharks backline would have been a better option than throwing these to guys together for a game like this. IMO.

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.11.10 15:06:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : I agree with everything you say and it’s a pity this is going to happen because it could ruin the reputations and confidence of the youngsters although I think Lambie is quite strong mentally. Just imagine they actually perform against that backline..now wouldn’t that be nice. I expect the Boks to keep the ball with the forwards a lot though for this game.

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.11.10 15:10:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 42) :

    It’s a pity that you are probably right! The boks to dish up more forward dominated play, with the backs just there to defend.

  • Comment 43, posted at 30.11.10 15:51:25 by Bump Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : Agree with you Letgo, After Lambie has been back up for Morne the whole tour not to give eventually a start at 10 is not fair to the youngster.

    I would have started with Lambie at fh with Mcleod at scrummie. I see you don’t like Adi out of position at 12, well yip he is not a 12 but for this game would play Adi at 12 and Hougaard at 13. Jantjies does deserve some gametime too, so bring on Jantjies later in the game and let Lambie go to FB.

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.11.10 15:53:18 by Puma Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : Fair enough… the resources are pretty thin on this tour. Amazing how the Bok management deemed it important to have 3 hookers and 3 scrumhalves and yet only 3 centers (2 of whom have now gone)… Now thats brains for you.

  • Comment 45, posted at 30.11.10 15:53:22 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 44) : Sorry rubbish english up there 😳 Meant – After lambie has been back up for Morne the whole tour and not eventually give him a start at 10 is not fair. 😎

  • Comment 46, posted at 30.11.10 15:54:41 by Puma Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 40) : Spot on Letgo, I too would have had A. Strauss on this tour.

  • Comment 47, posted at 30.11.10 15:57:16 by Puma Reply
  • Our Forwards look strong. We could get a lot of front foot ball and it could be to the advantage of our Backs.

    Our backline makes me think of Frodo Baggins and company against the Blitzkrieg of the Lutwafte. PDV is looking at the Green and Gold saying “My Precious” thinking “one trophey rules them all”

    Pandemonium at twikkers, tog marks by the baa baas create fire trails all over. Hobbits running 4cover, as the Baa Baas open fire. Hobbits screaming, the crowds are screaming.

    Then as the smoke clears , a grey figure appears. His eyes red. A might glow on him, as the Baa baas are bouncing from him one by one. Only one man can save these hobbits.

    The grey figure appears, Its Patrick Lambie.

  • Comment 48, posted at 30.11.10 15:59:26 by Mocho Reply
  • @Mocho (Comment 48) : you missed your calling!

  • Comment 49, posted at 30.11.10 16:00:15 by robdylan Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 47) : we did have A Strauss on this tour – pity it was the wrong one!

  • Comment 50, posted at 30.11.10 16:00:44 by robdylan Reply
  • @Mocho (Comment 48) : Dude, you are way to gay for Pat Lambie…

  • Comment 51, posted at 30.11.10 16:02:13 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 48) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 52, posted at 30.11.10 16:02:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Rob, hehe. Sure was, but the hooker Strauss is not that bad a player. No problems with him there, just would have had the centre Strauss there. They missed something there for sure.

  • Comment 53, posted at 30.11.10 16:06:16 by Puma Reply
  • @Mocho (Comment 48) :

    What did you smoke/drink??

  • Comment 54, posted at 30.11.10 16:15:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 6) :

    Yip the premiership clubs are insisting that the IRB test window is the only period for which they will release players so therefore it will mainly be SH players in the team 🙁

  • Comment 55, posted at 30.11.10 16:46:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 55) : I know. Its a downer though. Te barbarians always used to throw in a few curve balls too, like some guys from Japan or Canada or something. Some diversity would have been nice, after all the result is meaningless.

  • Comment 56, posted at 30.11.10 16:59:27 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • You know what, I don’t see a point of selecting our backline with fringe players. How’s this 4a backline? Sylvestor Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis

    Now this could be the answer to the BaaBaas star filled backline.

    On the Bench as a backline, Arnold Schwarezenegger and Mr Miaggi . Now how’s that 4 fire power? I would have put van Damme and Seagal but they are having some problems.

    There is only 1man who can take them on.

    Here’s the improved scene. A burning twikkersin the background, screaming of pain BaaBaas all over. Then againt the background of smoke and flame the last man stands tall and strong. In Cammo pant and ammo belts. Two huge machine guns. His face is streaked with black camo paint. Blood, sweat and grime flowing. He is . . . . Chuck Norris

  • Comment 57, posted at 30.11.10 17:05:10 by Mocho Reply
  • Anyone else going to the game? Im going with a few mates… were meeting up beforehand at the Garryowen pub by the railway bridge in Twickenham…

  • Comment 58, posted at 30.11.10 21:25:26 by Nhumrod Reply
  • [Sorry, accidental double post]

  • Comment 59, posted at 30.11.10 21:26:49 by Nhumrod Reply
  • These matches hardly ever live up to expectation.

    And the fact that just one Brit has been picked or allowed to be picked is sad.

    This used to be an opportunity to basically pick a Lions team.

  • Comment 60, posted at 01.12.10 10:26:53 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 60) : ja – in the old days, they were kind of unofficially known as the British Barbarians

  • Comment 61, posted at 01.12.10 10:39:38 by robdylan Reply
  • Well come or may the baabaa’s arn’t going to take this one

    Springboks well can i say the Sharks (JAWS)are going to eat u alive i hope 😕

    going with the Boks with this by 5 i’m nt going to make the same mistake like i did last week 😳 it cost me a 1st place and just might cost me my 1st honner 👿

  • Comment 62, posted at 01.12.10 10:41:50 by chaz Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : @Pokkel (Comment 2) : thats a great one any help along the line please

    gee we are sounding like the Boks can’t win this one and we need help, well help from up above would do 😆 but i think we can take the last game don’t you think :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 63, posted at 01.12.10 10:45:42 by chaz Reply

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