Moala, Jane to start for NZ Baa-baas

Date published: July 16 2015

New Zealand Barbarians head coach Scott McLeod has named a strong starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Maori All Blacks in Auckland.

Amongst the backs, Cory Jane has been named on the right wing in his comeback from a hamstring injury and is just one player that will be keen to impress All Blacks' selectors.

Jane's team-mates Seta Tamanivalu and George Moala, who pair up in a power-packed midfield, and Barbarians captain Brad Shields are also on the fringe of national selection. Moala scored a try in his test debut in Apia, while Tamanivalu travelled with the All Blacks as cover.

Fly-half Tom Taylor and lock Dominic Bird are other All Blacks in the run-on side while hooker James Parsons has been named amongst the replacements.

The Barbarians were once a regular feature in first-class fixtures at Eden Park, but their last big match was in 1985, losing 31-10 to Auckland. 

The Maori All Blacks have not played on Eden Park since a 22-9 loss to the great Auckland side of 1990. A 1981 Maori Invitation XV did draw 20-all with the Barbarians at Eden Park.

In 2014 the Barbarians played non-first class matches against the Blues and the Highlanders. 

Established in 1937, the Barbarians’ club membership is by invitation only. Current All Blacks who are Barbarians include Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu and Kieran Read.

New Zealand Barbarians: 15 Andrew Horrell, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 George Moala, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Brad Shields (c), 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Reg Goodes, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Richard Buckman.

Date: Saturday, July 18
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Kane McBride
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Angus Mabey
Television match official: Shaun Elliott