Springbok Coach Can’t Wait To Witness Young SA Talent Battle In Barbarians Clash


Springbok Coach, Allister Coetzee says he’s looking towards witnessing several young South Africans battle in the Barbarians clash on the 5th of November.

Springboks will be facing the Barbarians in an international rugby match at Wembley Stadium in London.

While Coetzee included 12 uncapped players in his traveling squad of 30 for the clash, Barbarians coach Robbie Dean picked some young South Africans to play for his team. 

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Already, Springboks arrived London on Saturday and will resume their preparations today at the Lensbury Hotel sports ground.

The Springbok Coach divulged that his guys are eager to war with the quality Barbarian side.

Speaking about the Barbarian squad, Coetzee said:

“If you look at the composition of that squad then you will see there are a couple of South African players such as Robert du Preez (DHL Western Province), Kwagga Smith, Ruan Ackermann (both Xerox Golden Lions) and Clayton Blommetjies (Toyota Free State Cheetahs).

I think Robbie Deans assembled a squad with a lot of experience and exciting young players. (He) added experienced players such as Ruan Pienaar (Munster and Springboks), Andy Ellis (Crusaders, Kobelco Steelers and New Zealand) and Luke Whitelock (Crusaders and New Zealand), who have all played Test match rugby.”

Also, he acknowledged that Barbarians’ style of play will be a challenge for his youthful side.

“Traditionally” he said, “the Barbarians play an attacking, expansive type of game, which will be a test for us. But, we have to follow our processes and make sure we lay a good foundation and get off to a good start for our tour.”

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Springboks’ clash with the famous invitation club side in the Killik Cup match, will kick off a one month trip for South Africa national rugby union team. They will get to war with England, battle Italy and Wales on consecutive weekends as part of their Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.