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Barbarians Men and Women ready to face Wales in historic double header

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The Barbarians Men’s and Women’s teams will run out at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 30 November in a first-ever double header against Wales. 

The match day will mark the final international appearances of Barbarians favourite Schalk Brits and Ireland legend Rory Best, who will captain the invitational side.  

The Women’s team are led by Black Fern Steph Te Ohaere-Fox, who won the Rugby World Cup with the New Zealand team in 2010. 

The Women’s squad features ten nations coming together to mark two years since the women’s side was officially launched. 

Players from New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Japan, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, Italy and Canada have come together for a week’s build0-up and preparation under the leadership of former England scrum-half and Worcester Warriors Women Head Coach Jo Yapp, who is being assisted by former Wales and Barbarians captain Rachel Taylor. 

On the men’s side, Best is joined by players from Canada, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, France and Scotland for the final match of three in the men’s November tour. Wales will round off a trio of matches that has seen the Barbarians already face Fiji and Brazil. 

Another man will be waving goodbye – to the Principality Stadium at least. Men’s Head Coach Warren Gatland will oversee his final match at the Wales home ground after he finished his 12-year tenure as Wales Head Coach following the Rugby World Cup. He is assisted by Robbie Deans and Robin McBride, who is also leaving his post in Wales to head to Leinster. 

In another historic move, the match will be refereed by Welsh legend Nigel Owens – the first time Wales have been refereed by the fan favourite. 

 

WOMEN’S TEAM: 

1.    Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (C) (Christchurch RFC & New Zealand)

2.    Clara Nielson (Bristol Bears & England)

3.    Silvia Turani (Rugby Colorno & Italy)

4.    Eloise Blackwell (Eden Rugby & New Zealand)

5.    Rebecca Clough (Cotteslow & Australia)

6.    Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s College RFC & Ireland)

7.    Anna Caplice (Harlequins & Ireland)

8.    Charmaine McMenamin (Ponsonby & Auckland & New Zealand)

9.    Brianna Miller (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC & Canada)

10.  Ruahaei Demant (College Rifles & New Zealand)

11.  Dyddgu Hywel (Gloucester Hartpury & Wales)

12.  Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere & Ireland)

13.  Ariana Hira-Herangi (Kalamunda & Australia)

14.  Lauren Harris (Scotland)

15.  Tess Gard’ner (VC) (Ponsonby & Auckland)

16.  Sasha Acheson (Worcester Warriors & England) 

17.  Saki Minami (Yokogawa Musashino Artemi-Stars & Japan)

18.  Seina Saito (Mie PEARLS & Japan)

19.  Beth Stafford (Firwood Waterloo & Englnad)

20.  Alycia Washington (New York Rugby Club & USA)

21.  Ashlee Byrge (San Diego Surfers & USA)

22.  Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere & Ireland)

23.  Annabel Seargeant (Heriots & Scotland)

 

MEN’S TEAM:

1.    Campese Ma’afu (Leicester Tigers & Fiji)

2.    Rory Best (C) (Ulster & Ireland)

3.    Wiehahn Herbst (Blue Bulls)

4.    Luke Jones (Melbourne Rebels & Australia)

5.    Tyler Ardron (Waikoto Chiefs & Canada)

6.    Pete Samu (ACT Brumbies & Australia)

7.    Marco van Staden (Blue Bulls & South Africa)

8.    Josh Strauss (Stade Francais & Scotland)

9.    Bryn Hall (Crusaders & Maori All Blacks)

10.  Curwin Bosch (Natal Sharks & South Africa)

11.  Cornal Hendricks (Blue Bulls & South Africa)

12.  Andre Esterhuizen (Natal Sharks & South Africa)

13.  Mathieu Bastareaud (Lyon & France)

14.  Dillyn Leyds (Stormers & South Africa)

15.  Shaun Stevenson (Waikoto Chiefs & Maori All Blacks)

16.  Schalk Brits (Blue Bulls & South Africa)

17.  Craig Millar (Sunwolves)

18.  Hencus van Wyk (Sunwolves)

19.  George Biagi (Zebre & Italy)

20.  Angus Cottrell (Melbourne Rebels)

21.  Jano Vermaak (Stormers & South Africa) 

22.  Billy Meakes (Melbourne Rebels)

23.  Matt Duffie (Auckland Blues & New Zealand) 

 

Wales Women v Barbarians Women is broadcast on S4C, kicking off at 1145. Wales v Barbarians gets underway on C4 at 1445.