Barbarians squad 2017: Three UK based players join the squad
All Blacks Ben Franks (London Irish) and Steven Luatua (Bristol) are named in a 26-strong Barbarians squad for the Killik Cup match against New Zealand at Twickenham and Tonga at Thomond Park.
They are among 13 New Zealanders in Head Coach Robbie Deans’s group, already including World Cup winning wing Julian Savea and scrum half Andy Ellis.
A third UK-based player, Gloucester flanker Ruan Ackermann, joins up after yesterday’s dramatic 22-21 derby win over Bath.
The squad also includes two of the Barbarians side beaten 31-28 by Australia in Sydney last Saturday.
Giant wing/centre Taqele Naiyaravoro scored two tries against the Wallabies with Sam Carter outstanding the second row.
The South African contingent includes former Springboks captain Adriaan Strauss and Stormers fly half Robert du Preez, who led Western Province to last weekend’s Currie Cup final victory over the Sharks.