Springboks Tendai Mtawarira, Eben Etzebeth and Handre Pollard have been named in the squad so far, alongside Australian Will Genia, and traditionally a few All Blacks get the nod as well.
New Zealanders will no doubt be smarting from defeat to South Africa last week. If some of their players are picked for the clash against the South Americans, they’ll work alongside Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus. He’s been put in charge of the Baa-baas for this one-off fixture, too.
The Barbarians have met Argentina twice, with a victory and defeat to show for their effort – and will be looking at making it 2 -1 in the winning stakes.
Wins against the All Blacks for all teams have been few a far between, but victories for the Baa-baas in 1973 with ‘That Try’ by Gareth Edwards certainly put them on the world stage. And Bryan Habana’s hat-trick of tries in 2009 cemented another illustrious day for the world’s most famous rugby club.
Most of the leading All Blacks have donned the black and white shirt, including Jonah Lomu, Josh Kronfeld, Zinzan Brooke, Justin Marshall, Carlos Spencer and Jerry Collins – to more recently Richie McCaw, Carl Hayman, Ma’a Nonu, Ryan Crotty, Ben Franks, Julian Savea, Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder, to name but a few.
Hopefully we will see a number of Kiwis unveiled again for the 1 December clash.
It will certainly be a great contest and fans of entertaining rugby are surely in for a treat and a great day out at ‘Twickers’, as Argentina are also renowned for a spectacular running game with their rising stars among the world’s best.
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Argentina, of course, will be brimming with confidence after an upset of their own. They, of course, outscored Australia during a key Rugby Championship showdown earlier this month.
Los Pumas will certainly be up for the fight – and will take heart from November 2015’s historic 49-31 triumph over the Barbarians. That was a spectacle and a showcase from both sides, with much of the same anticipated this time around.