Israel Folau: Former Wallaby to start on the wing for World XV against the Barbarians

David Skippers
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World XV head coach Steve Hansen has named a strong matchday squad for Sunday’s Killik Cup encounter against the Barbarians, with former Wallabies full-back Israel Folau set to start on the right wing.

The 34-year-old, who currently plays his club rugby in Japan, is part of an exciting back three alongside former All Black Charles Piutau and Springbok flyer Sbu Nkosi, who will start at full-back and on the left wing, respectively.

Folau and Piutau are now playing their Test rugby for Tonga and became eligible for selection under recent World Rugby regulations, which allow internationals to switch after three years of inactivity.

Meanwhile, Hansen has picked Semi Radradra and Ngani Laumape as his midfield combination, with Adam Hastings and Nick Phipps as the starting half-backs.

Michele Lamaro named as captain

In the forwards, Italy international Michele Lamaro will captain the World XV, and he starts on the openside flank alongside Azzurri team-mate Sebastian Negri and Fiji’s Viliame Mata, who start on the blindside and at number eight, respectively.

Meanwhile, Harry Hockings and Api Ratuniyarawa get the nod in the second-row, while, upfront, Fraser Brown (hooker) packs down alongside Oli Kebble and Wyn Jones, who are the starting props.

World XV: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Israel Folau, 13, Semi Radradra, 12, Ngani Laumape, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Michele Lamaro (c), 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Oli Keeble, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Wyn Jones
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Niccolo Cannone, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Kaminieli Rasaku

Date: Sunday, May 28
Venue: Twickenham Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT)
Referee: TBC
Assistant Referees: TBC

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