Barbarians Name Team To Take On Gloucester
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Victor Matfield will captain the Barbarians for this week’s matches against Gloucester and Argentina.
Matfield leads the invitation side at Kingsholm on Tuesday night before the Killik Cup match against the Pumas at Twickenham on Saturday.
Against Gloucester, South Africa’s most-capped player captains a starting line-up containing 12 Test players with six World Cup winners in the matchday squad.
New Zealand’s World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Nehe Milner-Skudder starts at full-back in a stellar back-line including Australia’s Joe Tomane, giant Fiji wing Nemani Nadolo and South Africa fly-half Pat Lambie.
Matfield pairs up with Lood de Jager in the second row with another Springboks legend on the bench in the shape of Bakkies Botha.
Two changes to the Barbarians squad coached by Australia’s Michael Cheika see Brumbies back row forward Jarrad Butler replace Warren Whiteley and prop Thomas Du Toit take over from Tendai Mtawarira.
Barbarians 15 Nehe Milner Skudder, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 1 Jamie Mackintosh, 2 James Hanson, 3 Toby Smith, 4 Victor Matfield, 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Stephen Hoiles, 7 Ardie Savea, 8 Jarrad Butler
Replacements: Stephen Moore, Thomas du Toit, Charlie Faumuina, Bakkies Botha, Scott Fardy, Tawera Kerr Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, Tevita Kuridrani, Waisake Naholo