International Rugby: Barbarians v New Zealand Preview

New Zealand will take on a star-studded Barbarians team on Saturday the 4th of November at Twickenham.

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New Zealand vs Barbarians | November 4 | Twickenham | 16:55 | Referee: Nigel Owens

To Win (80 mins)
New Zealand 1/25 | Draw 33/1 | Barbarians 8/1 
New Zealand (+24.5) 9/10 | Barbarians (-24.5) 9/10

New Zealand will take on a star-studded Barbarians team on Saturday the 4th of November at Twickenham.

New Zealand

Steven Hansen has rested most of his core players ahead of this match but the All Blacks are still brimming with quality players who can hold their own.

Beauden Barret will captain the team after making his return following a mild concussion he suffered against South Africa at Newlands. Jerome Kaino, TJ Perenara, Luke Romano, and Beauden Barrett will have to take leadership roles ahead of this Test, as they currently don more caps for the New Zealanders. The introduction of Barrett will add an incredible dynamic on the attack for the All Blacks, as the playmaker looks to continue his winning momentum from the Rugby Championship.


The Barbarians feature prolific kiwis, Richie Mo'unga and Julian Savea, South African's Adriaan Strauss will start at hooker with SA Sevens and Lions Super Rugby finalist, Kwagga Smith also starting at number seven.

Scrum-half and veteran All Black who currently ploughs his trade in Japan, Andy Ellis, will captain the Baa Baa's, and Currie Cup-winning flyhalf, Robert du Preez, will start on the bench behind Richie Mo'unga. The former Province flyhalf was brilliant throughout the season in his sides 2017 Currie Cup triumph.

Expect fast-paced, creative, free-flowing running rugby, as Nigel Owens will lead the game as the referee. He (Nigel Owens) often leads important rugby calendar fixtures with a free-flowing style and stern assertiveness, by letting the phases roll and playing good advantages, his style will create the perfect platform for players to show their creativity. 

Previous results:

2009: Barbarians won 25-18 in London
2004: New Zealand won 47-19 in London
1993: New Zealand won 25-12 in Cardiff
1989: New Zealand won 21-10 in London
1978: New Zealand won 25-12 in Cardiff
1974: The teams drew 13-13 in London
1973: Barbarians won 23-11 in Cardiff
1967: New Zealand won 11-6 in London
1964: New Zealand won 36-3 in Cardiff
1963: New Zealand won 19-5 in Cardiff

Verdict: Barbarians (+24.5) 9/10
The wounded All Blacks will want to make amends for their Bledisloe 3 loss to Australia. The All Blacks should win this match but they won't beat the current handicap.  As the Barbarians are flooded with Kiwi's and flair, I see them matching the All Blacks at breakdowns and on the attack as both teams play a similar style of exciting rugby. Bet on the Barbarians to make sure the All Blacks don't beat the handicap. 

The teams:

Barbarians: 15 George Bridge, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Richard Buckman, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Vince Aso, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis (c), 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Dillon Hunt

New Zealand: 15 David Havili, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Beauden Barrett (c), 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Matt Duffie

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