New-look Boks to face Barbarians at Wembley

04 Nov 2016
New-look Boks to face Barbarians at Wembley

Patrick Lambie will lead a new-look Springbok team, which includes six uncapped players in the starting line-up and a number of Currie Cup stars, against the Barbarians on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.

The match-23 includes a total of nine uncapped players, however, no Test caps will be awarded for this international fixture.

The newcomers in the starting line-up are RG Snyman (lock), Roelof Smit (flank), Jamba Ulengo (wing), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (inside centre), Francois Venter (outside centre) and Sergeal Petersen (wing).

Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock) and Oupa Mohoje (flank) are the only players in the pack that started for the Springboks against the All Blacks in Durban last month.

There is a return to the starting team for Lourens Adriaanse in the No 3 jersey in place of Vincent Koch who is not available for this match, while Julian Redelinghuys is injured. Snyman will partner Du Toit, the newly-crowned SA Rugby Player of the Year, in the second row.

Openside flanker Smit comes in for the injured Francois Louw, while Jaco Kriel could also not be considered as a result of his injury. The final change in the pack will see Nizaam Carr taking over the No 8 jersey from Warren Whiteley who is also not available for this match.

The Boks will start with a revamped halfback pairing in Rudy Paige (scrumhalf) and new skipper Lambie (flyhalf), with regular captain, Adriaan Strauss, not in the match 23 as part of the succession planning in his position.

The rest of the backline consists of Ulengo, Janse van Rensburg, Venter, Petersen and Jesse Kriel, who will start his first match for the Boks at fullback.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the Springboks’ aim was to improve after a difficult season, but that it would not be easy against the Barbarians.

“The Barbarians play an attacking, adventurous style of rugby and it will be a real test for our young side.”

“We rewarded several young players for their performances in Vodacom Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and we will approach this match as a Test, although no caps will be awarded.

“It will be a really big occasion for our young players, but we’re excited to be giving them an opportunity. Even though some of the experienced players were last in action against New Zealand four weeks ago, our preparation the past few weeks was really good.

“The excitement and enthusiasm of the new inclusions is contagious. In ideal circumstances I would’ve preferred to give every player in the squad a run, but this tour was also about introducing players who are on our radar for the future,” said Coetzee.

15. Jesse Kriel (17)
14. Sergeal Petersen (0)
13. Francois Venter (0)
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (0)
11. Jamba Ulengo (0)
10. Pat Lambie (53) Captain
9. Rudy Paige (5)
8. Nizaam Carr (2)
7. Teboho Mohoje 914)
6. Roelof Smit (0)
5. Pieter-Steph du Toit (17)
4. RG Snyman (0)
3. Lourens Adriaanse (4)
2. Malcolm Marx (1)
1. Tendai Mtawarira (84)

16. Bongi Mbonambi (3)
17. Lizo Gqoboka (0)
18. Trevor Nyakane (26)
19. Eben Etzebeth (53)
20. Jean-Luc du Preez (0)
21. Piet van Zyl (2)
22. Tian Schoeman (0)
23. Ruan Combrinck (4)

The Springboks’ first encounter with the Barbarians took place on 26 January, 1952 also at Cardiff Arms Park. The final score was 17-3 in favour of the Springboks. The results of their seven matches to date are:

  • 26/01/1952 in Cardiff: SA won 17-3
  • 04/02/1961 in Cardiff: Barbarians won 6-0
  • 31/01/1970 in London: SA won 21-12
  • 03/12/1994 in Dublin: Barbarians won 23-15
  • 09/12/2000 in Cardiff: SA won 41-31
  • 01/12/2007 in London: Barbarians won 22-5
  • 04/12/2010 in London: Barbarians won 26-20

 

Total: Played 7; SA won 3; SA lost 4; Points for: 119; Points against 123; Tries for 18; Tries against 20; Win percentage 43%.

BARBARIANS

15 Melani Nanai (Blues, NZ)
14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders, NZ
13 Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders, NZ)
12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders, NZ)
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs, Australia)
10 Robert du Preez (Stormers, South Africa)
9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders, NZ) Captain
1 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes, NZ)
2 Akker van der Merwe (Lions, South Africa)
3 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs, Australia)
4 Martin Muller (Lions, South Africa) )
5 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes, NZ)
6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes, NZ)
7 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders, NZ)
8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders, NZ)

16 Andrew Ready (Reds, Australia)
17 Schalk van der Merwe (Montpellier, South Africa))
18 Toby Smith (Rebels, Australia)
19 Sam Carter (Brumbies, Australia)
20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions, South Africa))
19 Nic Stirzaker (Rebels, Australia)
20 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders, NZ)
21 Luke Morahan (Force, Australia)