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Eddie Jones, Steve Hansen confirm their Barbarians, World XV teams

By Liam Heagney
World XV boss Steve Hansen (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Barbarians)

Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen have named their respective Barbarians and World XV starting teams for this Sunday’s star-studded Killik Cup clash at Twickenham. Having confirmed their squads last Friday, the players have since assembled in London and rather than wait until later in the week before announcing the exact line-ups, the coaches have opted to go early and heighten the tantalising prospect of the stellar-cast talent that will be on show.


The various head-to-heads are lit. For instance, the opposing full-backs are Gareth Anscombe versus Charles Piutau, Tevita Li finds himself facing Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi’s opposite number is Ngani Laumape, it’s Quade Cooper against Adam Hastings at out-half and so on… and that is before you get into the forwards where the tasty individual battles include Steven Luatua against Vilame Mata at No8.

A statement read: “Barbarian FC and the World XV, led by Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen respectively, have named their matchday line-ups for this weekend’s Killik Cup clash at Twickenham Stadium.

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“The Killik Cup will be on the line this Sunday (KO:2pm), with both squads jam-packed with world-class talent and internationals from 11 nations represented. Wales and British and Irish Lions legend Alun Wyn Jones has been named as Barbarians captain, while Italy’s Michele Lamaro will lead out the World XV in London.”

RugbyPass will be publishing an exclusive interview this weekend with World XV scrum-half Nick Phipps, the Australian who exited London Irish last summer to take up a contract in Japan with NEC Green Rockets in Tokyo.

BARBARIANS: 15. Gareth Anscombe; 14. Adam Radwan, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Samu Kerevi, 11. Tevita Li; 10. Quade Cooper (vice-capt). 9. Jack Maunder; 1. Alex Waller, 2, Nic Dolly, 3. Enrique Pieretto, 4. Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 5. Stephan Lewies. 6. Aaron Wainwright, 7. Kai Yamamoto, 8. Steven Luatua. Reps: 16. Harry Thacker, 17. Tom West, 18. Carlu Sadie, 19. Rob Simmons, 20, Sione Vailanu, 21. Francois Hougaard, 22. Aaron Cruden, 23. Sam Johnson.

WORLD XV: 15. Charles Piutau; 14. Israel Folau, 13, Semi Radradra, 12, Ngani Laumape, 11. Sbu Nkosi; 10. Adam Hastings, 9. Nick Phipps; 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Fraser Brown, 3. Oli Keeble, 4. Api Ratuniyarawa, 5. Harry Hockings, 6. Sebastian Negri, 7. Michele Lamaro (capt), 8. Vilame Mata. Reps: 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Allan Dell, 18. Marcus Street, 19. Niccolo Cannone, 20. Jordi Murphy, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Rhys Parchell, 23. Kaminieli Rasaku.

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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