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Two other members of South Africa’s top squad have been confirmed alongside Wallabies star Quade Cooper to play for the Barbarians against Samoa in Twickenham on November 27 for the Killik Cup.
Steven Kitshoff, a formidable presence in the Springboks epic victory over New Zealand in the rugby championship last weekend, will make his second appearance for the world-famous Barbarians alongside another pillar of the triumph of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, debutant barbarian Frans Malherbe.
A 2012 Junior World Cup winner, the Kitshoff mainstay has proven to be a worthy successor to famed Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira, quickly rising from a test novice to one of the best on either side of the fray.
Kitshoff and Malherbe, in action in all three tests of the series won against the Lions last summer, will join the BaaBaas with two other Boks, hooker Malcolm Marx and No.8 Duane Vermeulen, linked to Ulster.
The presence of a quartet with a combined weight of almost 500 kilograms will give BaaBaas head coach Dave Rennie the luxury of picking the half of the peloton whose collective power served as the basis for the 20-point victory. South Africa over England in the Rugby World Cup Final in Yokohama. .
Pablo Matera, Argentina captain in their historic victory against the All Blacks last year, is another major figure for the Twickenham squad with more names to be announced in the weeks to come.
Rennie, whose Aussie team wraps up their fall streak against Wales in Cardiff on November 20, will have at least four of the Wallabies at their disposal in the famous black and white Barbarian – Quade Cooper, Len Ikitau, Nic White and Pete Samu.
Recalled to the international stage after a four-year absence, Cooper responded by playing a pivotal role in back-to-back doubles against South Africa and Argentina – a first in a row for the Wallabies in the rugby championship.
The veteran opener turns 35 when the next Rugby World Cup takes place in two years, but Rennie has no doubts Cooper’s ability to be there on merit.
Ikitau has already proven to be one of the best international newcomers of the year. The Brumbies center, 23 last week, attributes his meteoric rise to former England opening half Shane Drahm. An Australian chosen for England’s Channel 2 in 2006 while in Worcester, Drahm discovered Ikitau as a rugby coach at Brisbane Boys’ College.
“Shane believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself,” Ikitau said. He told me I was going to be a great rugby player. I didn’t believe it, but he was the one who gave me the opportunity. ”
Scrum-half White spent three seasons in the Premiership at Exeter before joining the Brumbies. Full-back forward Samu, another Brumby, renewed his wallaby career under Rennie after falling out of favor with previous coach Michael Cheika.
Over 35,000 tickets have already been sold for the Barbarians’ fall match with club president John Spencer promising spectators “an unforgettable rugby experience”.
Samoa, who lost a 27-24 thriller to the Barbarians at the London Olympic Stadium just before the 2015 Rugby World Cup, see the Twickenham game as a financial lifeline. Their reward will likely be a six-figure sum, the godsend for the development of the game in Samoa.
“The Barbarian Football Club has a long tradition of helping many nations around the world of rugby,” said a spokesperson.
“It goes back to the very first international game the club played, against Australia in Cardiff on New Years Day 1948.
The Wallabies needed the money to pay for a trip home via Canada. The Home Unions’ Tours committee awarded the match to the Barbarians and it proved to be a great success in helping Australians foot the bill for the trip. We are very happy to continue this beautiful tradition. ”
The Barbarian Women will face a Springbok Women’s XV after the men’s match at 5:15 p.m. and ticket prices include both matches. Book your seats early and be part of the action from * £ 35 for adults and children * £ 15. Visit: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/barbarians
The Killik Double Header Cup – Twickenham Stadium
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Barbarians v Samoa – kick off at 2:30 p.m.
Barbarian Women v Springbok Women’s XV – kick off at 5:15 p.m.
(Matches are subject to licenses granted by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames)
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