Stormers trio to start for Baa-Baas

PUBLISHED: November 27, 2013

DHL Stormers players Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Jean de Villiers will all start for the Barbarians in Saturday’s one-off clash against Fiji at Twickenham (kick-off 16h30 – SA time).

Centre De Villiers will, of course, captain the Barbarians team in London this weekend, with Burger (at No.7) and Vermeulen (No.8) forming a powerhouse loose trio alongside new All Blacks star Steven Luatua (No.6).

The three DHL Stormers stars will be joined by three other Springboks in the starting XV (Bismarck du Plessis, Beast Mtawarira and Patrick Lambie), with a further two Boks, Coenie Oosthuizen and Willie le Roux, on the bench.

Another player to watch on the bench is new Stormers signing Manuel Carizza, who will get his first bit of game-time alongside his new teammates, Burger, Vermeulen and De Villiers.

The Barbarians team to play Fiji is as follows:

15. Santiago Cordera
14. Frank Halai
13. Gavin Williams
12. Jean de Villiers (captain)
11. Charles Piutau
10. Patrick Lambie
9. TJ Perenara
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Schalk Burger
6. Steven Luatua
5. Dominic Bird
4. Mick O’Driscoll
3. Matias Diaz
2. Bismarck du Plessis
1. Beast Mtawarira

16. Keven Mealamu
17. Guillermo Ruan
18. Coenie Oosthuizen
19. Manuel Carizza
20. Luke Whitelock
21. Martin Landajo
22. Tom Taylor
23. Willie le Roux

Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)