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Is This The Most Talented Barbarians Squad Ever?

Featuring a combined 23 Players from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa this Barbarians side – coached by Michael Cheika later this month against Argentina, is simply outstanding and could rate right up there with the very best.

Imagine a back three of Nehe Milner Skudder, Nemani Nadalo and Waisaki Nahalo.

That is probably the most exciting backfield contingent seen in international footy for a long, long time.

A loose forward trio of Scott Fardy, Ardie Savea and Warren Whiteley would make most teams envious, while having test veterans Stephen Moore and Tendai Mtawarira upfront will surely give them some ascendancy against a powerful Argentinian pack.

Players to watch:

Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea will be looking to burst out of the shadows of older brother Julian Savea as he makes his first start in an international fixture.

Savea will be out to make an impact with an eye on making the All Blacks in 2017. A solid performance against an outstanding Argentinian outfit will help stake his claim to being a possible heir apparent to the legendary Richie McCaw.

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Lima Sopoaga

lima sopoaga

Sopoaga made his test debut for the All Blacks this year, however as a result of stiff competition he failed to make the World Cup squad.

This will be a big chance for him to express the talents that helped the Highlanders to their maiden Super Rugby title and to show Steve Hansen that he should be a feature in the All Blacks squad for 2016.

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Warren Whiteley

warren whiteley

The skillful ball playing number 8 from the Jo-Burg Lions is a fantastic inclusion for this explosive side.

Aggressive on defense with one of the highest work rates in Super Rugby over the last two seasons, Whitely will be wanting to mix his physical presence with an explosive running game to ensure he impacts the game in a positive way.

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Barbarians Squad to face Argentina:

Backs: Nehe Milner-Skudder (NZ), Waisake Naholo (NZ), Nemani Nadolo (Fiji), Joe Tomane (Australia), Tevita Kuridrani (Australia), Francois Venter (South Africa), Ryan Crotty (NZ), Lima Sopoaga (NZ), Pat Lambie (South Africa), Tawera Kerr-Barlow (NZ), Cobus Reinach (South Africa).

Forwards: Warren Whiteley (South Africa), Stephen Hoiles (Australia), Ardie Savea (NZ), Scott Fardy (Australia), Victor Matfield (South Africa), Bakkies Botha (South Africa), Lood de Jager (South Africa), Charlie Faumuina (NZ), Jamie Mackintosh (NZ), Toby Smith (Australia), Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa), Stephen Moore (Australia), James Hanson (Australia).

Likely Starting XV:

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Stephen Moore (c)
3. Jamie Mackintosh
4. Lood De Jager
5. Bakkie Botha
6. Scott Fardy
7. Ardie Savea
8. Warren Whitely
9. Tawera Kerr Barlow
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Nemani Nadalo
12. Ryan Crotty
13. Tevita Kurindrani
14. Waisaki Nahalo
15. Nehe Milner Skudder

For all you Rugby loving fans the match will be played at Twickenham on November 21st.

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