A southern hemisphere super team makes up an impressive Barbarians side that will play Fiji at Twickenham this weekend in a match to commemorate the island nation’s centenary.
The game, which brings the curtain down on the international rugby season, will be broadcast live on SuperSport 8 at 4.30pm on Saturday.
Despite Eben Etzebeth’s forced injury withdrawal, the fixture contains many of South Africa’s best players, among them Willie le Roux, Pat Lambie, Jean de Villiers and Bismarck du Plessis, while Schalk Burger will make his international return after more than a year on the sidelines. It will be his fourth appearance for the famous club which revels in its tradition of playing hard both on and off the field.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen also has a strong core of All Blacks from whom to select, among them Charles Piutau, Frank Halai, Tom Taylor, TJ Perenara , Keven Mealamu, Dominic Bird, Steven Luatua and Luke Whitelock.
A handful of Argentinians, plus Samoan Gavin Williams, conclude the Barbarians’ selection.
Although test caps aren’t awarded, Baabaas caps are highly regarded by players who enjoy the camaraderie and tradition enshrined in the Baabaas’ philosophy.
The Barbarians' roll of honour reads like a who’s who of rugby, featuring famous names like Gareth Edwards, David Campese and Jonah Lomu.
More recently the likes of Matt Giteau, Richie McCaw, Bryan Habana and Victor Matfied have shone in the Baabaas shirt.