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More Boks to join BaaBaas squad

NEWS: Two more of South Africa’s world-beating pack have been confirmed to play for the Barbarians at Twickenham in November, although there is some uncertainty over who they will face.


Steven Kitshoff, a formidable presence during the Springboks’ epic win over New Zealand in the Rugby Championship last weekend, will make his second appearance for the world-famous Barbarians alongside another pillar of the Rugby World Cup 2019 triumph in Japan, debutant Barbarian Frans Malherbe.

The Barbarians were due to face Samoa on November 27, but the Test team had withdrawn from the match due to coronavirus travel problems.

In a statement released on Monday, it was revealed that discussions were being held over fielding a ‘Manu Samoa selection’ against the Barbarians, involving Europe-based players and coaches.

Meanwhile, Australian playmaker Quade Cooper has also been picked to play for the Barbarians in November.

Recalled to the international stage after an absence of four years, Cooper responded by playing a pivotal role in back-to-back doubles against South Africa and Argentina – a four-in-a-row first for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship.


The veteran flyhalf will be 35 when the next Rugby World Cup comes around in two years’ time.

Kitshoff and Malherbe, in action during all three Tests of the series win against the British and Irish Lions earlier this year, will join the BaaBaas along with two more Boks, hooker Malcolm Marx and the Ulster-bound No.8 Duane Vermeulen.

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