Three Aussies in Baabaas squad for All Blacks

Beth Newman Profile
by AFP & Beth Newman

They missed out on the Wallabies Spring Tour squad, but Sam Carter and Taqele Naiyaravoro might just run out against the All Blacks this weekend.

Carter and Naiyaravoro have been named in the Barbarians squad for the clash, and a match with Tonga on November 10,  after their involvement in the narrow loss to the Wallabies last weekend.

This is the second year in a row that the pair have been involved in the Barbarians, travelling with the invitational side in Europe last year.

It's been a tough 2017 for Nic Stirzaker. Photo: QRU MediaThe duo will be joined by Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker in the squad, the scrumhalf completing the Australian contingent.

Stirzaker featured in a World XV that played off against a Japanese representative XV last weekend, coached by Deans in that match.

Deans has valled up 13 Kiwis including former All Blacks Ben Franks and Steven Luatua, who are both now based in England.

Other All Blacks of note in New Zealander Deans's 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.


Barbarians squad for New Zealand and Tonga


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)


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)