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Three England stars and 4 All Blacks confirmed in full Barbarians squad

By Ian Cameron
All Blacks Jordie Barrett, George Bridge and Ben Smith. (Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

The Barbarians have named a star-studded panel of players for their upcoming match with an All Blacks XV at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 13 November.

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The squad is a who’s who of former internationals and it includes three former England players – Joe Marchant, Joe Marler and Zach Mercer.

Former All Blacks wing George Bridge is also named alongside the likes of back row Luke Whitelock, La Rochelle’s Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Leinster’s Charlie Ngatai.

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The team also lists former British & Irish Lions scrumhalf Rhys Webb and fellow Welshman Aaron Wainwright.

Ireland’s John Ryan, who recently re-signed with Munster after Wasps tanked, also joins the party.

There’s a tonne of out of favour Frenchman too. Teddy Thomas, Brice Dulin, Lauret Wenceslas, Camille Chat and Cedate Gomes Sa give the side a distinct je ne sais quoi.

There are two Springboks too in the shape of Dillyn Leyds and Raymond Rhule, as well as Los Puma’s loose forward Facundo Bosch.

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Head Coach Ronan O’Gara is reuniting with his Crusaders colleague Scott Robertson to take charge of the Barbarians, creating a fascinating subplot as Robertson, a man many believe should be in charge of the All Blacks, takes on a team of New Zealanders.

FORWARDS
Facundo Bosch (Stade Rochelais, Argentina)
Camille Chat (Stade Rochelais, France)
George Henri Colombe (Stade Rochelais)
Cedate Gomes Sa (Racing 92, France)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, England)
Zach Mercer (Montpellier, England)
John Ryan (Munster, Ireland)
Romain Sazy (Stade Rochelais)
Lekima Tagitagivalu (Section Paloise, Fiji)
Aaron Wainwright (Dragons, Wales)
Lauret Wenceslas (Racing 92, France)
Luke Whitelock (Section Paloise, New Zealand)

BACKS
George Bridge (Montpellier, New Zealand)
Antoine Hastoy (Stade Rochelais, France)
Tawera Kerr Barlow (Stade Rochelais, New Zealand)
Dillyn Leyds (Stade Rochelais, South Africa)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, England)
Charlie Ngatai (Leinster, New Zealand)
Remi Picquette (Stade Rochelais)
Raymond Rhule (Stade Rochelais, South Africa)
Teddy Thomas (Stade Rochelais, France)
Rhys Webb (Ospreys, Wales)
Ihaia West (Toulon)

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Shaylen 8 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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