Crockett leads Bok-laden Barbarians against Argentina
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: New Zealand great Wyatt Crockett will captain the Barbarians against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.
The prop is a World Cup winner with 71 Tests behind him and the most-capped player in Super Rugby history after making 202 appearances for the Crusaders.
He leads a starting line-up that includes eight South African internationals and the famous invitation club’s squad includes representatives from eight countries in all.
Chiefs fullback Jack Debreczeni — the traditional uncapped player in the starting side — lines up at fullback with Tommaso Benvenuti (Italy), Tom English (Australia) and Leon Fukofuka (Tonga) joining three Springboks in the backline.
The Barbarians are taking on Argentina for the third time in their 128-year history.
The Pumas were beaten 22-34 at Cardiff 1990 but won the 2015 rematch 49-31. Lood de Jager is the sole survivor from the BaaBaas side that day.
Barbarians: 15 Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs), 14 Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton & Italy), 13 Tom English (Rebels & Australia), 12 Damian de Allende (Stormers & South Africa), 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions & South Africa), 10 Handre Pollard (Bulls & South Africa), 9 Leon Fukofuka (Auckland & Tonga), 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Jaguares & Argentina), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers & South Africa), 6 Siya Kolisi (Stormers & South Africa), 5 Lood de Jager (Bulls & South Africa), 4 Luke Jones (Bordeaux Begles & Australia), 3 Trevor Nyakane (Bulls & South Africa), 2 Schalk Brits (South Africa), 1 Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders & New Zealand, captain).
Replacements: 16 Steven Kitshoff (Stormers & South Africa), 17 Malcolm Marx (Lions & South Africa), 18 Anton Peikrishvili (Cardiff Blues & Georgia), 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers & South Africa), 20 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 21 Frank Lomani (Rebels & Fiji), 22 Jesse Kriel (Bulls & South Africa), 23 Elton Jantjies (Lions & South Africa).
Date: Saturday, December 1
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 11.30 Argentina time)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)
We’re honoured to have two legends of the game bowing out with us in the #KillikCup 🏆
— Barbarian FC (@Barbarian_FC) November 28, 2018
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