Rory Best will captain the Barbarians on Saturday against Wales in what is set to be his last match before retirement. 


The former Ireland skipper called time on his stellar career when his country was knocked out of the recent World Cup in Japan by New Zealand.

He has since turned out with the Barbarians, featuring in their games against Fiji at Twickenham and Brazil in Sao Paulo. 

Saturday’s showdown with Wales in Cardiff is now the last stop on the Barbarians tour and it will spell the end for Best unless rumours of a dramatic final year swansong at Pat Lam’s Bristol proved to be true. 

Best is leading out a star-studded Barbarians XV – coached by former Wales boss Warren Gatland – that includes Mathieu Bastareaud, Campese Ma’afu and Pete Samu. 

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The game, which is Wayne Pivac’s first in charge of Wales, is part of a Barbarians double-header against the Wales men’s and women’s national sides.

Barbarians (v Wales, Saturday)

Shaun Stevenson; Dillyn Leyds, Mathieu Bastareaud, Andre Esterhuizen, Cornal Hendricks; Curwin Bosch, Bryn Hall; Campese Ma’afu, Rory Best (capt), Wiehahn Herbst, Luke Jones, Tyler Ardron, Pete Samu, Marco van Staden, Josh Strauss.  

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