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Barbarians name a Whitelock-skippered team to face All Blacks XV

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Barbarians)

Co-coaches Scott Robertson and Ronan O’Gara have named their Barbarians team for Sunday’s match versus an All Blacks XV in London. The starting XV includes five French, four New Zealanders, three English and one Irish, South African and Fijian in a side that will be skippered by Luke Whitelock.

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Whitelock, the former All Blacks back-rower, has been named at openside in a selection that includes fellow countrymen George Bridge, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Charlie Ngatai in the starting XV.

It is France, though, that has the representative dominance in the run-on team, their five-strong contingent including the likes of Teddy Thomas and Lauret Wenceslas. John Ryan is the sole Irishman, with Dillyn Leyds representing South Africa as full-back for the game at Tottenham.

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Barbarians (vs All Blacks XV, Sunday)
15. Leyds; 14. Thomas, 13. Marchant, 12. Ngati, 11. Bridge; 10. Hastoy, 9. Kerr-Barlow; 1. Marler, 2. Chat, 3. Ryan, 4. Picquette, 5. Tagitagivalu, 6. Lauret, 7. Whitelock (capt), 8. Mercer. Reps: 16. Bosch, 17. Gomes Sa, 18. Henri Colombe, 19. Sazy, 20. Wainwright, 21. Webb, 22. West, 23. Rhule.

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