Baa-baas add New Zealand quality

Date published: October 18 2016

Super Rugby champions and some of New Zealand's most talented up and coming stars will join the Barbarians to face South Africa at Wembley.

Forwards Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa and Reggie Goodes helped the Hurricanes end a 20-year wait for the title and will be accompanied by Richie Mo’unga and Jordan Taufua from the Crusaders, and Matt Faddes and Luke Whitelock from the Highlanders.

They join New Zealand's Andy Ellis, and Australia's Taquele Naiyaravoro and Will Skelton in the squad being put together by coaches Robbie Deans and Will Greenwood as the famous invitation club targets a hat-trick of wins over the side ranked number four in the world.

After taking on South Africa at Wembley, the Barbarians play the Czech Republic in Prague on November 8 before facing Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on November 11.

"This is a talented group of young men with the potential to play at the very highest level and they will all be hungry to impress in their time with the Barbarians. Alongside the more experienced players in the squad we should have a very competitive group," said Deans.

Shields is closing in on an All Blacks place after starring in the Hurricanes back-row alongside Victor Vito and Ardie Savea this year, Goodes has made 60 Super Rugby appearances as a mobile prop while lock Fatialofa enjoyed a breakthrough first Super Rugby season with 15 appearances.

Talented young fly-half Mo'unga is the successor to Dan Carter at the Crusaders and his team-mate Taufua is rated as a back-row competitor to the All Blacks' Jerome Kaino.

The Highlanders – Super Rugby champions in 2015 – provide free-scoring centre Faddes and number eight Whitelock, who was capped by New Zealand in 2013.

The Barbarians take on South Africa for eighth time since 1952 and lead the series 4-3 after victories in 2007 and 2010.