Baa-baas add six Australians

Date published: October 27 2016

Australia’s Sam Carter, Luke Morahan, Paddy Ryan and Toby Smith will join the Barbarians ahead of their games against South Africa, Czech Republic and Fiji.

Brumbies lock Carter, Force wing Morahan, Rebels prop Smith and Waratahs prop Ryan join Robbie Deans’ squad next week to start the build-up to the Killik Cup match against the Springboks on November 5 at Wembley Stadium.

They will be joined by uncapped hooker Andrew Ready (Reds) and London-born scrum-half Nic Stirzaker (Rebels) as well as two of New Zealand’s most talented young backs.

Former Chiefs centre Seta Tamanivalu won his first three All Blacks caps this summer and is joined by Blues wing Melani Nanai, one of the Auckland franchise’s outstanding performers this year.

Deans and assistant coach Will Greenwood now have some of Super Rugby’s outstanding attacking talents on board with a final group of players to be announced in due course.

The latest call-ups join internationals Andy Ellis (Crusaders and New Zealand) and Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs and Australia), Hurricanes Super Rugby winners Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa and Reggie Goodes, Richard Mo’unga and Jordan Taufua from the Crusaders, and Matt Faddes and Luke Whitelock from the Highlanders.

Also on board are Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar (South Africa) and Dan Tuohy (Ireland) for the match against Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on November 11.

Barbarians squad: Andy Ellis, Sam Carter, Matt Faddes, Michael Fatialofa, Reggie Goodes, Richard Mo’unga, Luke Morahan, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Melani Nanai, Ruan Pienaar, Andrew Ready, Paddy Ryan, Brad Shields, Toby Smith, Nic Stirzaker, Seta Tamanivalu, Jordan Taufua, Dan Tuohy, Luke Whitelock