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NZ Test rookie Tamanivalu in Baabaas squad

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/10/2016

Two more New Zealanders have been added to the Barbarians team to face the Springboks in London, including three-Test centre Seta Tamanivalu.

Ten of coach Robbie Deans' squad for the match at Wembley Stadium on November 5 hail from New Zealand, boosted by the inclusion of Tamanivalu and Blues outside back Melani Nanai.

There are seven Australians along with South African halfback Ruan Pienaar and Irish lock Dan Tuohy in a 19-strong group which is yet to be completed.

Tamanivalu came off the bench three times in his rookie Test season but lost his Test squad spot following the elevation of Chiefs teammate Anton Lienert-Brown.

Also included is four-Test Wallabies prop Toby Smith, who played four seasons with the Chiefs.

The Barbarians will also play the Czech Republic in Prague on November 8 and Fiji in Belfast three days later.

Barbarians squad: Andy Ellis, Matt Faddes, Michael Fatialofa, Reggie Goodes, Richard Mo'unga, Melani Nanai, Brad Shields, Seta Tamanivalu, Jordan Taufua, Luke Whitelock (all NZ), Sam Carter, Luke Morahan, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Andrew Ready, Paddy Ryan, Toby Smith, Nic Stirzaker (all Australia), Ruan Pienaar (South Africa), Dan Tuohy (Ireland).

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