The Barbarians meet Fiji in a Killik Cup match at Twickenham on Saturday with several South Africans set to turn out for the famous club.
Four exciting Springbok backs will start for the Barbarians on Saturday with Curwin Bosch slotting in at flyhalf while Dillyn Leyds and Makazole Mapimpi are on the wings. Former Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen will be on Bosch’s shoulder as he takes up the inside centre role.
Among the forwards Tendai Mtawarira and Marco van Staden will carry the South African flag so to speak. On the bench are former Springbok halfback pairing Jano Vermaak and Morne Steyn. Springbok and Sharks outside back Lukhanyo Am rounds out the Bok contingent in the matchday squad.
Japan-based prop Hencus van Wyk is also among the substitutes. Van Wyk could wind up playing for the Brave Blossoms in the future while a Springbok call-up seems unlikely given South Africa’s strength in depth in the front row. Scotland’s SA-born number eight Josh Strauss also starts for the Barbarians.
Ireland hooker Rory Best will captain the Barbarians side out on Saturday.
The Barbarians will be in the mood to move the ball around and entertain which will suit the Fijians who will want to use the fixture to continue working towards being competitive against Tier one nations.
“This game gives us great opportunity to expose some younger Fijian players, who can play for Fiji towards RWC 2023, to the big game atmosphere playing the Barbarians.” said coach John McKee.
“It’s a great opportunity for the players to express themselves and make their mark for Fiji on the world stage.”
Fiji building a team
An exciting mix of youth and experience will take the field for the Flying Fijians against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
“96 test caps including five Rugby World Cup representatives, ten debutants and a World Sevens Series winner make up the dynamic team of warriors ready to pull on the White Jersey in front of a 50,000+ audience,” a Fiji Rugby press release reads.
“Fresh from Japan, young loose head prop Eroni Mawi will spearhead the front row alongside fellow RWC team mate Veremaula Vugakoto and Samuela Tawake.
“Counties Manukau based Sikeli Nabou returns to the Flying Fijians teaming up with Northland’s Temo Mayanavanua in at locks.
“Plenty of explosive power in the forward pack sees established Fijian Drua backrow combination of Mosese Voka (6), rampaging John Dyer (7) and Eremasi Radrodro (8) ready to take on Samu, Van Staden and Strauss of the Barbarians.
“Scrum half Frank Lomani will Captain the side teaming up with Australian based Teti Tela at 10 and the elusive Fijian Drua utility Enele Malele at fullback.
“2015 Rugby World Cup centre Asaeli Tikoirotuma will pair up with gutsy utility Serupepeli Vularika in the midfield providing plenty of courage and strength in the Flying Fijians backline.
“Exciting speedster Jiuta Wainiqolo will make his debut for Fiji on the right wing, with the hard-running Canterbury-based Patrick Osborne on the left.”
Barbarians vs Fiji teams
- Tendai Mtawarira
- Rory Best (c)
- Enrique Pieretto
- Luke Jones
- Tyler Ardron
- Pete Samu
- Marco van Staden
- Josh Strauss
- Joe Powell
- Curwin Bosch
- Makazole Mapimpi
- Andre Esterhuizen
- Mathieu Bastareaud
- Dillyn Leyds
- David Havili
- Andrew Makalio
- Campese Maafu
- Hencus van Wyk
- Angus Cottrell
- Matt Philip
- Jano Vermaak
- Lukhanyo Am
- Morne Steyn
- Eroni Mawi (Fijian Drua – 12 caps)
- Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto (Fijian Drua – 9 caps)
- Samuela Tawake (Manuwatu – Debut)
- Temo Mayanavanua (Northland – debut)
- Sikeli Nabou (Counties Manukau – 6 caps)
- Mosese Voka (Fijian Drua – 9 caps)
- John Dyer (Fijian Drua – 1 cap)
- Eremasi Radrodro (Fijian Drua – 4 caps)
- Frank Lomani (Melbourne Rebels – 14 caps)
- Teti Tela (Queensland Reds – debut)
- Patrick Osborne (Canterbury – 9 caps)
- Serupepeli Vularika (Fijian Drua – 10 caps)
- Asaeli Tikoirotuma (North Harbour – 23 caps)
- Jiuta Wainiqolo (Fijian Drua – debut)
- Enele Malele (Fijian Drua – debut)
- Tevita Ikanivere (Fijian Drua – debut)
- Joeli Veitayaki (Fijian Drua – 6 caps)
- Mosese Ducivaki (Fijian Drua – 3 caps)
- Tevita Naqali (Fijian Drua – debut)
- Mesulame Kunavula (Edinburgh – debut)
- Peni Matawalu (Fijian Drua – debut)
- Caleb Muntz (Fijian Drua – debut)
- Cyril Reece (Fijian Drua – debut)
Barbarians vs Fiji – Streaming and broadcast details
The Barbarians match versus Fiji will be broadcast live on Supersport 5 DSTV Channel 205 from 16:25 on Saturday 16 November.
The match can also be streamed via the DSTV Now app (please note this requires an active premium subscription to DSTV).