Potgieter named in BaaBaas squad

FORMER Waratah cult hero Jacques Potgieter will return to Allianz Stadium as of the headline acts for the Barbarians when they take on the Wallabies in Sydney on October 28.

Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones, who will make his return to international coaching with the BaaBaas after a 30-year absence, named a partial squad at a press conference with rival clipboard holder Michael Cheika.

With provincial comps in New Zealand and South Africa still underway, the Barbarians squad has a very Australian flavour, with eight ex-Western Force players, several fringe Wallabies candidates and captain Quade Cooper.

As previously reported, the squad also contains Warringah’s Sam Ward after he was voted in by the public.

The international contingent contains All Black George Moala, Auckland halfback Augustine Pulu and elusive Samoan fullback Tim Nanai-Williams.

There is a strong chance more foreign players will join the squad when players not required for the Currie Cup and Mitre Ten Cup finals become available.

Former Wallabies backrower Luke Jones will return from France to play for the Barbarians on their two-match tour. They play the Classic Wallabies on Tuesday on October 24 in Lismore before taking on the Wallabies.

Several Barbarians players will use the game to press their claims to Cheika ahead of the Spring Tour, including Brumbies captain Sam Carter.

Rising stars like Tom Hanks and Taniela Tupou will also use the big stage to show their talents.

Barbarians Tour of NSW squad

Position Name Nationality 2017 Team
Hooker Anaru Rangi New Zealand Force
Hooker Andrew Ready Australia Reds
Halfback Augustine Pulu New Zealand Blues
Winger Chance Peni Australia Force
Winger Eto Nabuli Australia Reds
Centre George Moala New Zealand Blues
No 8 Isi Naisarani Fiji Brumbies
Flanker Jacques Potgeiter South Africa Bulls
Flanker Kane Koteka Australia Force
Lock Luke Jones Australia Bordeaux
Flanker Matt Hodgson Australia Force
Lock Matt Phillip Australia Force
Halfback Michael Ruru New Zealand Force
Prop Pek Cowan Australia Force
Flyhalf Quade Cooper Australia Reds
Lock Richard Arnold Australia Force
Lock Sam Carter Australia Brumbies
Flyhalf Sam Greene Australia Toyota (Japan)
No 8 Sam Ward Australia Warringah
Prop Taniela Tupou Australia Reds
Winger Taqele Naiyaravaro Australia Waratahs
Scrumhalf Theo Strang Australia Sydney University
Fullback Tim Nanai-Williams Samoa Chiefs
Fullback Tom Banks Australia Brumbies

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