Mata gets Barbarians call up

Viliame Mata(right) celebrates win over Toulon. Picture PRO 14

FLYING Fijian Viliame Mata achieved another milestone in his career being named in the Barbarians FC starting lineup to play the England XV on Sunday.

He is one of three Fijians with Taqele Naiyaravoro named on the blindside wing with Filipe Nakosi on the bench.

Former Blues coach Pat Lam has also named six former All Blacks in Charles Piutau, John Afoa, Colin Slade, Malakai Fekitoa, Liam Messam and Steven Luatua in his 23-man squad to play the annual fixture.

Barbarians Squad:

 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Chris Vui, 4 James Horwill (c), 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Joe Marler

Replacements: 16 David Heffernan, 17 Piere Schoeman, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Facundo Isa, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Brock James, 23 Filipo Nakosi.


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