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NZ-dominated Baabaas team to face Fiji

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/11/2016

Ten New Zealanders are in the Barbarians starting team for the third and final match of their programme, against Fiji in Belfast.

Former All Blacks halfback Andy Ellis will captain the invitation side on Friday, as he did in the 31-31 draw with South Africa in London last week.

There were mass changes to the side who beat the Czech Republic 71-0 in Prague on Tuesday, when New Zealand backs Melani Nanai, Matt Faddes and Richie Mo'unga all scored a brace of tries.

Coach Robbie Deans has retained Nanai at fullback and Faddes on the wing for the Fiji match but Mo'unga has been relegated as the lone Kiwi on the bench.

Six starting forwards hail from New Zealand, including veteran former All Blacks prop Ben Franks.

Barbarians: Melani Nanai (NZ), Matt Faddes (NZ), Tommy Bowe (Ireland), Richard Buckman (NZ), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Australia), Robert du Preez (South Africa), Andy Ellis (capt, NZ), Luke Whitelock (NZ), Jordan Taufua (NZ), Brad Shields (NZ), Sam Carter (Australia), Michael Fatialofa (NZ), Ben Franks (NZ), Akker van der Merwe (South Africa), Reggie Goodes (NZ). Reserves: Andrew Ready (Australia), Toby Smith (Australia), Paddy Ryan (Australia), Martin Muller (South Africa), Ruan Ackermann (South Africa), Ruan Pienaar (South Africa), Richard Mo'unga (NZ), Luke Morahan (Australia).

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