Rory Best captains Barbarians against Wales

Date published: November 28 2019

Ireland legend Rory Best will captain Warren Gatland’s Barbarians side in their clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

The line-up includes France centre Mathieu Bastareaud in a backline that also sees Springboks Curwin Bosch, Cornal Hendricks, Andre Esterhuizen and Dillyn Leyds named.

Alongside Best in the front-row is Campese Ma’afu and former Ulster team-mate Wiehahn Herbst, while Australia’s Luke Jones and Canada’s Tyler Ardron are the lock duo.

Completing the team in the back-row will be Pete Samu, Marco van Staden and Josh Strauss as Gatland takes on his former side in what is a chance to say goodbye in Cardiff.

On the bench is added hooking experience in the shape of Schalk Brits, who is joined by the likes of Angus Cottrell, Bill Meakes and Matt Duffie in looking to make an impact.

Barbarians: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cornal Hendricks, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Marco van Staden, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Campese Ma’afu
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Craig Miller, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 George Biagi, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Bill Meakes, 23 Matt Duffie

Date: Saturday, November 30
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 14:45 GMT
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones (Wales), Gwyn Morris (Wales)
Television match official: Ian Davies (Wales)