We already knew the bruising Julian Savea was Thomond Park-bound, but a further bunch of international stars and local heroes have today been added to the Baabaas squad about to take on Tonga this Friday night.
Most notably, Munster and Ireland legend Donncha O’Callaghan will make his Thomond Park return as he teams up with current Munster front-rowers James Cronin and Brian Scott. The trio will be joined by the likes of former British and Irish Lion Geoff Parling, exciting Super Rugby stars Savea, Adriaan Strauss, Vince Aso, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Richard Buckman & Nick Stirzaker, and that’s before we even mention Jordi Murphy!
The Barbarians narrowly lost out to the All Blacks in a thoroughly enjoyable contest at Twickenham last weekend and hopefully these new additions can help the lads go one better and get the win this week.
It really should be a pulsating occasion.
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Willie Britz (Sunwolves), Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia), James Cronin (Munster), Simone Favaro (Fiamme Oro), Jordi Murphy (Leinster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Worcester Warriors), Geoff Parling (Munakata Sanix Blues), Brian Scott (Munster), Ruan Smith (Toyota Verblitz), Adriaan Strauss (Bulls & South Africa), Akker van der Merwe (Sharks), Jacques van Rooyen (Lions)
Vince Aso (Hurricanes), George Bridge (Crusaders), Richard Buckman (Highlanders)
Robert du Preez (Stormers), Andy Ellis (Kobelco Steelers & New Zealand), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs & Australia), Julian Savea (Hurricanes & New Zealand), David Smith (Castres), Nic Stirzaker (Rebels), Harold Vorster (Lions)