Tuesday, November 16, 2010
As with tradition, the Barbarians will have an uncapped player take to the field when they face South Africa on the 4th December. That player has now been revealed and its none other than dynamic Bay of Plenty number eight, Colin Bourke.
While the BaaBaas are usually packed with stars, its a huge honour for the player without Test experience to join them on the park. In the past players such as Tony Underwood, Derek Quinnell, Rob Howley, and Neil Back have all been selected in that role. As we all know, they all went on to achieve higher honours.
For Bourke, who was a talisman for his Bay Of Plenty side in this years ITM Cup, its a great piece of recognition as the Kiwis talent has been there for all to see this season. Playing at number eight, Bourke has been seen attempting 50m drop goals, slotting conversions and penalties with ease, and of course scoring tries such as the one posted here.
"I was pretty excited when I received the invitation. It will be incredible to be in the company of some outstanding players that I have watched and admired over the years," said the talented 26 year old. For the Barbarians, Bourke will pack down alongside fellow New Zealander Rodney Sooialo and Welshman Martyn Williams.
While not entirely complete, the Barbarians squad to play the Springboks is looking good so far, with a few All Blacks in the ranks. Keven Mealamu will be there after his suspension was downgraded, with teammates Joe Rokocoko, Ma'a Nonu, Neemia Tialata, Daniel Braid and Tom Donnelly all in the mix. Chris Jack will also be playing.
Backs: James O'Connor (Aus), Joe Rokocoko (NZ), Drew Mitchell (Aus), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus), Ma'a Nonu (NZ), Matt Giteau (Aus), Will Genia (Aus).
Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZ), Stephen Moore (Aus), John Hayes (Ire), Salvatore Perugini (Ita), Neemia Tialata (NZ), Chris Jack (NZ), Tom Donnelly (NZ), Quintin Geldenhuys (Ita), Martyn Williams (Wal), Rodney So'oialo (NZ), Colin Bourke (Chiefs), Daniel Braid (NZ).
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