Barbarians picked aspiring Springboks for the Killik Cup match clash against South Africa on November 5 at Wembley Stadium.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that members of the Xerox Golden Lions will join Toyota Free State Cheetahs fullback Clayton Blommetjies to represent the Barbarians squad in their series of games.
The invitation club completed its squad selection by calling up four players from the the Lions franchise that reached the 2016 Super Rugby final.
Flankers Kwagga Smith and Ruan Ackermann, lock Martin Muller and hooker Akker van der Merwe have all been invited to join the Barbarians squad that will battle the Springboks next weekend.
Alongside New Zealand’s Andy Ellis, Australia’s Taquele Naiyaravoro and Will Skelton, they’ll strive to defeat the South African team before taking on Czech Republic in Prague on November 8 and Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on November 11.
The latest invitations take to 26 the number of players assembled by Coach Robbie Deans and his assistance, Will Greenwood. They believe they’ve gathered a strong team for the showdown.
Deans said the team is made of “talented group of young men with the potential to play at the very highest level.”
He added that “they will all be hungry to impress in their time with the Barbarians. Alongside the more experienced players in the squad, we should have a very competitive group.”
Reporting it, SARU related that “Deans has some of Super Rugby’s most exciting young talent at his disposal as well as Test players from four nations in New Zealand’s Andy Ellis, Seta Tamanivalu and Luke Whitelock, Australia’s Sam Carter, Luke Morahan, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Paddy Ryan and Toby Smith, South Africa’s Ruan Pienaar and Ireland’s Dan Tuohy.”
The 5th November clash will be the eight time Barbarians will take on South Africa since 1952 and lead the series 4-3 after victories in 2007 and 2010.