Lambie hopes for Wembley return

Date published: April 20 2016

Sharks fly-half Patrick Lambie hopes to get named amongst the matchday squad when South Africa face the Barbarians at Wembley in November. 

The Springbok number ten, who has been sidelined since February this year, sustained a shoulder injury while on duty for the Durban side in their pre-season warm-up match in France against Top 14 giants, Toulon.

Initial reports suggested that the 25-year-old playmaker would be ready for the June international Tests however it would be touch-and-go to get him match fit, given the severity of the AC joint dislocation.

Lambie, who has played for and against the Barbarians, is welcoming the thought of making his first appearance since being sidelined against the star-studded invitational club side, which could also be his first time playing at this iconic venue.

"I've never played at Wembley but it's an iconic stadium and every player in South Africa will want to play there," Lambie told Sky Sports.

"The Barbarians lived up to all my expectations and exceeded them. It's great to meet up with some of the best players in the world, spend time with them and play with them.

"The bond you form in such a short space of time is what makes it so special. You play for the jersey, play an exciting brand of rugby and it's a unique environment. I've got so many good memories it's tough to single any of them out. 

"It's awesome to play in a backline with people like Nemani Nadolo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisale Naholo, Ryan Crotty – these are the most dangerous guys in world rugby."

This will also be the new Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee's first overseas tour after being handed the reins last week.

The Michaelhouse product believes that the Barbarians match will be used to experiment with different and also test new combinations in preparation for the clash with the Six Nations Grand Slam winning England,  a week later.

"I'm sure there will be a strong group of South African players travelling over and they're an exciting bunch," he said.

"The Barbarians week is before they play England so I'm sure it'll be a game to have a look at lots of players, work on combinations, and it'll definitely be an exciting game of rugby."