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Barbarians Vs World XV lineups announced

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Wednesday May 24, 2023

In just under half a weeks time the stage will be set for some of the greatest players in world rugby to set the game alright. The much anticipated Barbarians Vs World XV game is due to take place in front of 80,000 people at the world renowned Twickenham stadium. This is the first fixture of its kind, with the event expected to be an absolute blockbuster.

The match will be full to the brim with household names, such as the recently retired Alun Wyn Jones who was announced in the squad just earlier on today. Jones who has 158 caps for Wales will take captaincy of the Barbarians, leading a team filled with talent including the ever exciting Quade Cooper, and former Wales teammate Gareth Anscombe.

The Bench sees the inclusion of World Cup winner Aaron Cruden, as well as the likes of Bristols Harry Thacker and former South African utility back Francois Hougaard.

The World XV benefit from the explosive pace, power and footwork of the likes of Charles Piutau, Sbu Nkosi, Israel Folou and Semi Radranda; all looking to benefit from the playmaking style of Adam Hastings.

Check out the teams below:

Barbarians: Anscombe; Radwan, Tamanivalu, Kerevi, Li; Cooper, Maunder; Waller, Dolly, Pieretto, AW Jones (captain), Lewies, Wainwright, Yamamoto, Luatua.

Replacements: Thacker, West, Sadie, Simmons, Vailanu, Hougaard, Cruden, Johnson.

World XV: Piutau; Folau, Radradra, Laumape, Nkosi; Hastings, Phipps; W Jones, Brown, Kebble, Ratuniyarawa, Hockings, Negri, Lamaro (captain), Mata.

Replacements: Dee, Dell, Street, N Cannone, Murphy, Hall, Patchell, Rasaku.

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