De Jongh will start for Barbarians in Wallabies clash

2014-10-30 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Stormers centre Juan de Jongh will start for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Alastair Kellock will lead the side.

The former Scotland captain takes charge of a cosmopolitan squad for the Killik Cup match.

In the starting side are Australia wing Nick Cummins, who lines up against his former team-mates, with New Zealand’s Bledisloe Cup match winner Colin Slade at flyhalf.

Kellock (33) has won 56 caps for his country and captained Glasgow Warriors for nine years.

And he spoke yesterday of the honour of leading the world-famous invitation side and following in the footsteps of the game’s all-time greats.

“You grow up watching these matches and to be invited to be part of it is a big honour,” said Kellock.

“It’s something so many fantastic players have done before and when [head coach] John Kirwan asked me to be the skipper, that has just added to the privilege.

“I captained Glasgow for nine years and the circumstances here are entirely different.

“But there’s lots of experience in the side with the likes of Adam Thomson and Matt Stevens, and Colin Slade as vice-captain has been excellent in training in adding so much detail.

“The Barbarians are about the old-school values of rugby and everything that’s good about them, as well as a high level of performance, and getting that level of performance right is important.”

The Barbarians have made two changes to their squad this week for the matches against Australia and Leicester Tigers on November 4.

Sharks prop Lourens Adriaanse is on the bench following Coenie Oosthuizen’s call-up by South Africa and Blues wing Tevita Li will join the group to replace Patrick Osborne.

Barbarians team

15 Tim Nanai Williams (Chiefs), 14 Frank Halai (Blues, New Zealand), 13 Juan de Jongh (Stormers, SA), 12 Francis Saili (Blues, New Zealand), 11 Nick Cummins (Coca Cola West Red Sparks, Australia), 10 Colin Slade (Crusaders, New Zealand), 9 Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Ath, Argentina), 8 Steven Luatua (Blues, New Zealand), 7 Matt Todd (Crusaders, New Zealand), 6 Adam Thomson (Canon Eagles, New Zealand), 5 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow, Scotland), 4 Dominic Bird (Canterbury, New Zealand), 3 Angus Ta’avao (Blues), 2 James Parsons (Blues), 1 Matt Stevens (Sharks, England).

Subs: 16 Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs, Samoa), 17 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 18 Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks), 19 Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs, South Africa), 20 Matias Alemanno (La Tablada and Argentina), 21 Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs), 22 Joaquin Tuculet (Grenoble. Argentina), 23 Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions, SA)

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