Saturday, June 6, 2009

International Rugby: The Barbarians in Australia

Barbarians (UK) RFC v Australia in Sydney-Non Test

This is certainly a strange match for Australia to be warming up with prior to their tests against Italy, France and then the Tri Nations. The Baabaas are fresh from a 33-26 win against England last weekend and will provide worthy opposition. These two teams play for a trophy, the Nick Shehadie Cup.

Prediction: Barbarians by 7 points


15 Adam Ashley-Cooper (ACT Brumbies)
14 Lachlan Turner (NSW Waratahs)
13 Stirling Mortlock, Capt. (ACT Brumbies)
12 Berrick Barnes (Queensland Reds)
11 Drew Mitchell (WA Western Force)
10 Matt Giteau (WA Western Force)
9 Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)
8 Richard Brown (WA Western Force)
7 George Smith (ACT Brumbies)
6 Matthew Hodgson (WA Western Force)
5 Nathan Sharpe (WA Western Force)
4 James Horwill (Queensland Reds)
3 Alistair Baxter (NSW Waratahs)
2 Stephen Moore (ACT Brumbies)
1 Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs)
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs)
17 Benjamin Alexander (ACT Brumbies)
18 Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)
19 David Pocock (WA Western Force)
20 Joshua Valentine (WA Western Force)
21 Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)
22 James O'Connor (WA Western Force)
Head Coach; Robbie Deans

15 Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers, Ireland)
14 Iain Balshaw (Gloucester, England)
13 Sonny Bill Williams (Toulon)
12 Seilala Mapusua (London Irish, Samoa)
11 Josh Lewsey (London Wasps, England)
10 Luke McAlister (Sale Sharks, New Zealand)
9 Chris Whitaker (Leinster, Australia)
8 Rocky Elsom (ACT Brumbies, Australia)
7 Phil Waugh, Capt (Waratahs, Australia)
6 Jerry Collins (Toulon, New Zealand)
5 Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues)
4 Chris Jack (Saracens, New Zealand)
3 BJ Botha (Ulster, South Africa)
2 Sebastien Bruno (Sale Sharks, France)
1 Clarke Dermody (London Irish, New Zealand).
16 Schalk Brits (Stormers, South Africa)
17 Greg Somerville (Gloucester, New Zealand)
18 Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers, England)
19 Serge Betsen (London Wasps, France)
20 Justin Marshall (Saracens, New Zealand)
21 Glen Jackson (Saracens)
22 Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues, New Zealand)
David Lyons (Llanelly Scarlets, Australia) is on standby for Rocky Elsom.
Head Coach: David Young

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