Nine Boks included in Barbarians team

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Springboks on 19 Nov 2013 at 17:39
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Nine Springboks have been included in Steve Hansen’s Barbarians team that will take on Fiji next week. The match 23 has been finalised and also includes 8 All Blacks, 5 Pumas and one Samoan player.

Of the nine South African players included, 8 are in the current Bok squad, with long time injury returnee and Bok veteran Schalk Burger making a return to the international scene for the first time since the 2011 Rugby World Cup as the ninth. Hansen has included 3 Boks in his backline, including Springbok captain Jean de Villiers and the very exciting Willie le Roux. With the debate raging around Pat Lambie and not just whether he is good enough for the Bok team, but whether he is best suited to the 10 or 15 jersey, it will be interesting to see where Hansen will play him (unless he is played in his fauvored position – off the bench). Tom Taylor is the only other flyhalf selected in the 23, so it would seem that Lambie is in fact selected as a flyhalf, although both fullback Santiago Cordero and scrumhalf Martin Lamdajo of Argintina are also comfortable playing in the flyhalf channel.

The 5 remaining South Africa players, Bismarck Du Plessis, Beast Mtwarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Eben Etzebeth and Duane Vermuelen are all likely to start for the Boks against France this weekend, with Coenie Oosthuizen being the only player not regularly starting in the Bok pack.

Hansen has selected a relatively young team, with 16 of the 23 players selected aged 25 and younger and the average age of the team being 24.

Barbarians team

Outside Bakcs – Willie le Roux (South Africa), Santiago Cordero (Argentina), Charles Piutau (New Zealand), Frank Halai (New Zealand)

Centres – Jean de Villiers (South Africa), Gavin Williams (Samoa)

Flyhalfs – Patrick Lambie (South Africa), Tom Taylor (New Zealand),

Scrumhalfs – TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), Martin Landajo (Argentina)

Hookers – Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa)

Props – Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa), Guillermo Roan (Argentina), Coenie Oosthuizen (South Africa), Matias Diaz (Argentina)

Locks – Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Dominic Bird (New Zealand), Manuel Carizza (Argentina)

Loose Forwards – Steven Luatua (New Zealand), Luke Whitelock (New Zealand), Schalk Burger (South Africa), Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)


  • Damn good team!!

    Poor Fiji :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.11.13 17:43:18 by SeanyJMc Reply
  • Put together a good side!

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.11.13 17:50:43 by Talent Reply
  • Should be fun to watch! Just feel like Jean could have skipped this one.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.11.13 18:35:43 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Conspiracy theory: Hansan picked a lot of top SA players with the hope of injury or burn out…..but wow what a good team. If jdv get injured we have a problem, he’s our captain. Vermeulen is our only real 8th man…..we know who’s coming back in if he gets injured…..lol

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.11.13 18:48:56 by KingsArmy Reply

  • This game would have suited kolisi and strauss like a glove….even jj, but very happy for willie

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.11.13 18:57:51 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Why? These matches are a waste of time and don’t live up to the hype.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.11.13 21:57:58 by McLovin Reply

  • For once we have a merit looking Baabaas side, instead of the rubbish that has been selected over the past few years

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.11.13 23:53:50 by Saffex Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 4) : I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but that’s exactly what I was thinking. No 1st choice All Blacks, with a team of predominantly 1st choice Boks…

    Either that or he’s a cupboard Springbok supporter :/

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.11.13 00:49:23 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 8) : lol u never know

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.11.13 07:57:16 by KingsArmy Reply

  • I just think it will be great for our players to get a small look into the mind of Hansen and the All Black way of doing things.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.11.13 08:08:06 by KingRiaan Reply

  • I think before we moan about the amount of rugby being played lets remember that it is an honour to be selected for the Barbarians. Its a very old tradition and one that has probably been degraded in recent years so hopefully the value and pride of the Baabaas can be restored in this game.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.11.13 08:18:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Plus it is the player’s choice to accept the invitation, and who will say no to playing for the Baa-Baas?

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.11.13 08:21:39 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 12) : Yes exactly, its an honour and privilage to play for the Baabaas. Resting of players should be the responsibility of the provincial union not the National side. Unions should be held accountable to SARU for the health of their contracted Springboks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.11.13 08:58:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • Wonder if the players would be more inclined to say no if the ‘honour’ didn’t come with a nice pay packet. šŸ˜ˆ

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.11.13 11:03:56 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : Its much the same as Unions being told to rest players they pay big money to play. Would players rest if they knew they would get paid less, doubt it.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.11.13 11:13:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : The baa-baas game is an exhibition game where an appearance or match fee is paid. No jobs, trophies etc. on the line. A nothing match.

    Unions/clubs pay players big bucks to play in competitive matches where there is plenty at stake. And I’m sure if your province rests a contracted player it doesn’t change the amount they get paid.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.11.13 13:24:34 by McLovin Reply

  • Guess the point I’m trying to make is that players who are already overplayed have to play one more meaningless game risking injury.

    The barbarians match used to be an unofficial extra test at the end of a tour. No it’s just a money making exercise trading on glories of the distant past.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.11.13 13:28:37 by McLovin Reply

  • And that’s enough cynicism for one day. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.11.13 13:29:49 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : No no the point i was making is that you say players more inclined to play baabaas game cos of the money. But yet we want Unions to rest players and that players are burnt out but if we had to say to a Union you can rest a guy and wont need to compensate him for that game they may be more inclined to do it but i dont think the player would be too happy to rest then.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.11.13 13:48:23 by SheldonK Reply


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