Botha, Matfield reunite for Baa-Baas

Eight South Africans have been included in the Barbarians squad to play Gloucester and Argentina.

Bok halfbacks Cobus Reinach and Pat Lambie, and Cheetahs centre Francois Venter are among the backs, with Bok prop Beast Mtawarira, locks Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield and Lood de Jager, and No 8 Warren Whiteley among the forwards.

World Cup-winning All Blacks wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, who was recently named World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year, is one of eight New Zealanders in the squad.

The Baa-Baas' games will take place at Kingsholm on 17 November and at Twickenham on the 21st.

Barbarians squad:

Backs – Ryan Crotty (Crusaders & New Zealand), Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs & New Zealand), Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies & Australia), Pat Lambie (Sharks & South Africa), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes & New Zealand), Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders & Fiji), Waisake Naholo (Highlanders & New Zealand), Cobus Reinach (Sharks & South Africa), Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders & New Zealand), Joe Tomane (Brumbies & Australia), Francois Venter (Cheetahs).

Forwards – Bakkies Botha (South Africa), Scott Fardy (Brumbies & Australia), Charlie Faumuina (Blues & New Zealand), James Hanson (Reds & Australia), Stephen Hoiles (Waratahs & Australia), Lood de Jager (Cheetahs & South Africa), Jamie Mackintosh (Chiefs & New Zealand), Victor Matfield (Northampton Saints & South Africa), Stephen Moore (Brumbies & Australia), Beast Mtawarira (Sharks & South Africa), Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), Toby Smith (Melbourne Rebels & Australia), Warren Whiteley (Lions & South Africa).

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