Friday 23 February 2018

Michale Cheika names star-studded Barbarians side to face Argentina

Nehe Milner Skudder starts on the wing
Nehe Milner Skudder starts on the wing

Tom Rooney

Michael Cheika has selected a stellar Barbarians team laden with international talent for Saturday’s exhibition against Argentina at Twickenham.

Former Leinster coach Cheika, who took Australia to the World Cup final, has called on  an array of the most potent attacking backs the south hemisphere has to offer for the upcoming encounter with Los Pumas.

Nehe Milner-Skudder, one of the revelations of the tournament in Wales and England, will start at full-back with fellow All Black Wise Naholo and Fijian behemoth Nemani Nadolo on the wings.

The midfield is made up of Ryan Crotty, who narrowly missed out on New Zealand’s World Cup squad, with Australia’s Tevita Kuridrani outside him. 

The half-backs are up-and coming Kiwis Tawera Kerr Barlow and Lima Sopoanga, at nine and 10 respectively.

In the pack, Cheika has gone with a Springbok engine room of the legendary Victor Matfield and Lood de Jaegr, another young standout from the recent global showcase.

Australian captain Stephen Moore is named at hooker, with props Thomas Du Toit and Charlie Faumuina either side of him.

Stephen Holies of the Super 15 side, the NSW Waratahs, plays number eight with Ardie Savea at 7, and the combative Scott Fardy on the blind-side .

Last weekend, the Ba-Bas put 10 tries past Gloucester to record a resounding 62-14 victory.

Barbarians team:

15. Nehe Milner-Skudder

14. Waisake Naholo

13. Tevita Kuridrani

12. Ryan Crotty

11. Nemani Nadolo

10. Lima Sopoaga

9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow


1. Thomas du Toit

2. Stephen Moore

3. Charlie Faumuina

4. Lood de Jager

5. Victor Matfield (captain)

6. Scott Fardy

7. Ardie Savea

8. Stephen Hoiles

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