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PREVIEW: All Blacks v Barbarians

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Andy Burt     03 Nov 2017     Getty Images

Match details: All Blacks v Barbarians, 4am, Sunday 5 November (NZT), Twickenham, London

Matches played: 10
Wins: All Blacks seven, Barbarians one, two draws

SQUAD NEWS
The All Blacks have made a number of changes to the side that was edged by the Wallabies in the third Bledisloe Test. The main talking points are the return of Jerome Kaino to the loose forward trio, the elevation of Beauden Barrett to the captaincy and the selection of Seta Tamanivalu on the left wing. Three players are set to make their All Blacks debuts from the bench in the form of hooker Asafo Aumua, prop Tim Perry and outside back Matt Duffie.

QUICK TAP: FIRST THINGS FIRST FOR ALL BLACKS AGAINST BARBARIANS

BAA-BLACKS
Normally jam-packed with Northern Hemisphere talent, the Barbarians are stacked with 13 New Zealand players. Ten of the Kiwi players are in the starting lineup with the headline act undoubtedly being Julian Savea on the right wing. With 46 Test tries to his credit from 54 Tests, Savea will be eager to make a statement against the All Blacks and get one over his younger brother Ardie. The clash between pivots Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga will also be fascinating while Luke Whitelock and Jerome Kaino are sure to wage a big battle at the back of the scrum.
LAST TIME
The Barbarians will be inspired by their last clash against the All Blacks in 2009. On that day the Barbarians stunned the All Blacks to win 25-18 at Twickenham. Springboks flyer Bryan Habana was the hero with three tries for the Barbarians while Ben Smith and Anthony Boric crossed for the All Blacks. It remains the All Blacks only loss to the Barbarians in their 10-match history stretching back to 1954.

JIM’S WORD

Expert pundit Jim Kaye’s takes a look at the teams and the players to watch at Twickenham.



FAST FACT
Beauden Barrett will become the 132nd player to captain the All Blacks. Sixty-eight players have captained the Test side while another 63 have captained the side in non-Tests.

LIVE STREAM
The All Blacks v Barbarians clash will be livestreamed at www.allblackstv.com

TEAMS
BARBARIANS:
George Bridge, Julian Savea, Richard Buckman, Harold Vorster, Vince Aso, Richie Mo'unga, Andy Ellis (capt); Luke Whitelock, Kwagga Smith, Steven Luatua, Dominic Bird, Sam Carter, Atu Moli, Adriaan Strauss, Jacques van Royen.
Reserves: Akker van der Merwe, Ben Franks, Ruan Smith, Willie Britz, Ruan Ackerman, Mitchell Drummond, Robert du Preez, Dillon Hunt.

ALL BLACKS: David Havili, Waisake Naholo, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Seta Tamanivalu, Beauden Barrett (capt), TJ Perenara; Jerome Kaino, Ardie Savea, Vaea Fifita, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Nathan Harris, Kane Hames.
Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Tim Perry, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Patrick Tuiupulotu, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, Matt Duffie.