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Barbarians squad has 13 New Zealanders

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Lynn McConnell     31 Oct 2017     Getty Images

Heading the list are wing Julian Savea, who starred in Wellington's Mitre 10 Cup Championship final win over Bay of Plenty, first five-eighths Richie Mo'unga who scored 25 points in Canterbury's Premiership final win over Tasman, No.8 and Canterbury captain Luke Whitelock and lock Dominic Bird who was part of the Canterbury pack.



But also joining them from New Zealand will be: Otago flanker Dillon Hunt, Auckland and Hurricanes wing Vince Aso, Canterbury and Crusaders utility George Bridge, Hawke's Bay and Highlanders utility Richard Buckman and Canterbury and Crusaders halfback Mitchell Drummond.

Former All Blacks now plying their trade in the north, prop Ben Franks (London Irish), loose forward Steven Luatua (Bristol) and halfback Andy Ellis (Kobelco Steelers) are also included.



Former Springbok first five-eighths Robert du Preez is included after helping Western Province win the Currie Cup final in South Africa on Saturday.

Other South Africans in the side are former captain and hooker Adrian Strauss and loose forward Ruan Ackermann, who now plays for Gloucester, the side coached by his father Johan Ackermann.

The full Barbarians squad, which will also play Tonga on November 10 is: (Forwards) Ruan Ackermann, Dominic Bird, Willie Britz, Sam Carter, Simone Favaro, Ben Franks, Dillon Hunt, Steven Luatua, Atu Moli, Kwagga Smith, Ruan Smith, Adriaan Strauss, Akker van der Merwe, Jacques van Rooyen, Luke Whitelock, (Backs) Vince Aso, George Bridge, Richard Buckman, Mitchell Drummond, Robert du Preez, Andy Ellis, Richie Mo'unga, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Julian Savea, Nic Stirzaker, Harold Vorster.