Michael Cheika picks stellar side to face Pumas


World Cup finalists from New Zealand and Australia join forces in a star-studded Barbarians side against Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, November 21 (15:05).

Head coach Michael Cheika, whose Wallabies were beaten 34-17 by the All Blacks three weeks ago, also calls on five South African internationals and Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo in the Killik Cup squad named today.

The starting line-up sees New Zealand’s World Breakthrough Player Nehe Milner-Skudder deployed alongside giant wing Nadolo and Australia’s Tevita Kuridrani, and there is an all South African second row of captain Victor Matfield and Lood de Jager.

Seven more internationals are among the replacements, including Matfield’s longstanding second row partner Bakkies Botha, who makes his final professional appearance at the weekend.

The match against Argentina celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Barbarians club founded by WP Carpmael in 1890 and many of the club’s former greats - including legendary 1973 try scorer Gareth Edwards - will be watching from the Royal Box.

The Barbarians take on a Pumas team that will contain most of the players that lit up their World Cup campaign with the likes of hooker Agustin Creevy, fly half Nicolas Sanchez and star wing Santiago Cordero all involved.



15 Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes & New Zealand)

14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders & New Zealand)

13 Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies & Australia)

12 Ryan Crotty (Crusaders & New Zealand)

11 Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders & Fiji)

10 Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders & New Zealand)

9 Tawera Kerr Barlow (Chiefs & New Zealand)

1 Thomas du Toit (Sharks)

2 Stephen Moore (Brumbies & Australia)

3 Charlie Faumuina (Blues & New Zealand)

4 Lood de Jager (Cheetahs & South Africa)

5 Victor Matfield (Northampton Saints & South Africa, captain)

6 Scott Fardy (Brumbies & Australia)

7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)

8 Stephen Hoiles (Waratahs & Australia)


Replacements (from)

James Hanson (Melbourne Rebels & Australia)

Jamie Mackintosh (Chiefs & New Zealand), 

Toby Smith (Melbourne Rebels & Australia)

Bakkies Botha (South Africa)

Jarrad Butler (Brumbies)

Cobus Reinach (Sharks & South Africa)

Pat Lambie (Sharks & South Africa)

Francois Venter (Cheetahs)

Joe Tomane (Brumbies & Australia)