13 New Zealanders named in 26-man Barbarians squad to play All Black

13 New Zealanders named in 26-man Barbarians squad to play All Black

Barbarians coach Robbie Deans has named thirteen New Zealanders in his 26-man Barbarians squad to play the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday.

The squad includes former All Blacks Ben Franks and Steven Luatua, who are both now based in England.

Other All Blacks in Deans’ squad are 2015 World Cup-winning wing Julian Savea and scrum-half Andy Ellis, who was a member of the 2011 World Cup-winning side.

Also joining them from New Zealand will be: Otago flanker Dillon Hunt, Auckland and Hurricanes wing Vince Aso, Canterbury and Crusaders utility George Bridge, Hawke’s Bay and Highlanders utility Richard Buckman and Canterbury and Crusaders halfback Mitchell Drummond.

Barbarians squad

Forwards: Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester), Dominic Bird (Chiefs), Willie Britz (Sunwolves), Sam Carter (Brumbies), Simone Favaro (Fiamme Oro), Ben Franks (London Irish), Dillon Hunt (Highlanders), Steven Luatua (Bristol), Atu Moli (Chiefs), Kwagga Smith (Lions), Ruan Smith (Toyota Verblitz), Adriaan Strauss (Bulls), Akker van der Merwe (Sharks), Jacques van Rooyen (Lions), Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand)

Backs: Vince Aso (Hurricanes), George Bridge (Crusaders), Richard Buckman (Highlanders), Mitchell Drummond (Crusaders), Robert du Preez (Stormers), Andy Ellis (Kobelco Steelers), Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs), Julian Savea (Hurricanes), Nic Stirzaker (Rebels), Harold Vorster (Lions).

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