Rasie Erasmus will coach the barbarians team to play Argentina. Photo: BackpagePix

LONDON – Coach Rassie Erasmus has named 13 of his South Africa tourists in the Barbarians group preparing to face Argentina on Saturday in London.

They include World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Aphiwe Dyanti and Player of the Year nominee Malcolm Marx.

The rest of the Springboks contingent include backs Damian de Allende, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel and Handre Pollard, and forwards Schalk Brits, Lood de Jager, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, Marx, Trevor Nayakane and Skihumbuzo Notshe.

There are players from seven other nations in the invitation side’s cosmopolitan squad for the Killik Cup match at Twickenham.

Scrumhalf Frank Lomani joins the club after playing a key role in Fiji’s historic 21-14 win against France.

Argentina legend Juan Miguel Leguizamon lines up against the Pumas four years on from leading the Barbarians to victory over England.

New Zealand’s Wyatt Crockett joins the squad at the end of his distinguished Crusaders and All Blacks career. 

 Aphiwe Dyanti (left) has been named in the Barbarians side. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Aphiwe Dyanti (left) has been named in the Barbarians side. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

In keeping with the Barbarians' traditions there are two uncapped players in the Chiefs’ Australian flyhalf Jack Debreczeni and the Crusaders flanker Jordan Taufua.

The Barbarians squad is:

Backs: 

Tomasso Benvenuti (Benetton & Italy), Damian de Allende (Stormers & South Africa), Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs), Aphiwe Dyanti (Lions & South Africa), Tom English (Rebels & Australia), Leon Fukofuka (Auckland & Tonga), Elton Jantjies (Lions & South Africa), Jesse Kriel (Bulls & South Africa), Frank Lomani (Rebels & Fiji), Handre Pollard (Bulls & South Africa).

Forwards: 

Schalk Brits (Stormers & South Africa), Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders & New Zealand), Lood de Jager (Bulls & South Africa), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers & South Africa), Luke Jones (Bordeaux Begles & Australia), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers & South Africa), Siya Kolisi (Stormers & South Africa), Juan Miguel Leguizamon (Jaguares & Argentina), Malcolm Marx (Lions & South Africa), Alexandre Menini (Lyon & France), Trevor Nayakane (Bulls & South Africa), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers & South Africa), Jordan Taufua (Crusaders).  

African News Agency (ANA)


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