Former All Blacks add flavour to the Barbarians

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:33 27/03/2014
Sitiveni Sivivatu
SITIVENI SIVIVATU: Nose for the tryline.

Relevant offers

All Blacks

Former All Black Troy Flavell pleads guilty to drink driving Richard Knowler: NZ Rugby may go it alone if World Rugby cannot arrange 'global season' Sir Clive Woodward says All Blacks not yet threatened by England as world's best Sonny Bill Williams will give any Olympic sevens medal to his daughter NZ Rugby sets cheapest ticket to British & Irish Lions tests next year at $149 Marc Hinton: Statement series for big movers Beauden Barrett and Israel Dagg All Blacks prop Joe Moody commits through to next Rugby World Cup 'Bordering on the ridiculous': Hansen says global season can't come soon enough Ireland can beat the All Blacks, lock Iain Henderson says Michael Cheika reveals Wallabies veterans in mix for Bledisloe Cup matches

England are using a heavy core of recent All Blacks for their June warm-up match before heading south for three tests against New Zealand.

The British Barbarians have included seven former All Blacks in the 14 names released so far for the June 1 match against England at Twickenham.

Hosea Gear, John Afoa, Jimmy Cowan, Ali Williams, Carl Hayman, Rene Ranger and Sitiveni Sivivatu are in the squad. More players will be added to this week.

Former Wallabies James O'Connor, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell are also in the mix, ensuring a real southern flavour to the Baabaas.

England, buoyed by their improving form in the just-completed Six Nations where they were edged by Ireland on points differential for the title, have targeted their tour of New Zealand as a crucial part of their build-up for next year's World Cup which they host.

The Barbarians match comes a day after the English club final, ruling out some English players from being involved, and coach Stuart Lancaster has already suggested those players were also likely to miss the opening test against the All Blacks at Eden Park on June 7.

England also play tests the following weekends in Dunedin and Hamilton and have a midweek match against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Barbarians squad: James O'Connor (London Irish, Australia), Drew Mitchell (Toulon, Australia), Hosea Gear (Toulouse, New Zealand), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Clermont, New Zealand), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont, France), Rene Ranger (Montpelier, New Zealand), Matt Giteau (Toulon, Australia), Francois Trinh Duc (Montpelier, France), Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester, New Zealand), Steffon Armitage (Toulon, England), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont, France), Ali Williams (Toulon, New Zealand), Carl Hayman (Toulon, New Zealand), John Afoa (Ulster, New Zealand).

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best-performed All Blacks forward on the northern tour?

Dane Coles

Nathan Harris

Keven Mealamu

Wyatt Crockett

Charlie Faumuina

Ben Franks

Owen Franks

Joe Moody

Brodie Retallick

Luke Romano

Jeremy Thrush

Patrick Tuipulotu

Sam Whitelock

Sam Cane

Jerome Kaino

Richie McCaw

Liam Messam

Kieran Read

Vitor Vito

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content