The Barbarians Summer Series proper begins this weekend with the Killik Cup against England at Twickenham, and not much has been spoken about it here.
Sunday, 2.30 pm UK time (coverage starts on SS1 at 3.15 pm) sees the first match under way. The big news coming out this morning is that John Smit has been chosen to lead the Baabaa’s.
The other matches in the Summer Series see the Barbarians pitted against Ireland on Tuesday 29th May, 7.45 pm UK time (can’t find any coverage in SA for this one), and the final match against Wales on Saturday 2nd June, 2.00 pm UK time (2.45 SA time on SS6).
The full squad is as follows:
Backs – Isa Nacewa (Fiji), Mils Muliaina (New Zealand), Ian Balshaw (England), Cedric Heymans (France), Shane Williams (Wales), Paul Sackey (England), Sailosi Tagicakibau (Samoa), Casey Laulala (New Zealand), Mike Tindall (England), Damien Traille (France), Felipe Contepomi (Argentine), Stephen Donald (New Zealand), Rory Lawson (Scotland), Jerome Fillol (France)
Forwards – Benoit August (France), John Smit (South Africa), Aled de Malmanche (New Zealand), John Afoa (New Zealand), Duncan Jones (Wales), Neemia Tialata (New Zealand), Heinke van der Merwe (South Africa), Mark Chisholm (Australia), Mick O’Driscoll (Ireland), Anton van Zyl (South Africa), Pelu Taele (Samoa), Cornelius van Zyl (Italy), Raphael Lakafia (France), Akupusi Qera (Fiji), John Beattie (Scotland), Pedrie Wannenburg (South Africa), Ernst Joubert (South Africa), Francois Louw (South Africa)
It has just been announced that the Northampton back-row Phil Dowson has been handed the Captains armband for England. I will post the rest of the team as soon as it is announced
Full Barbarians team for Sunday: Muilaina, Sackey, Laulala, Tindall, Balshaw, Donald, Lawson, Tialata, Smit, Afoa, Chisholm, van Zyl, Joubert, Qera Beattie.
Subs: August, Jones, Taele, Lakafia, Fillol, Contepomi, Tagicakibau