Naiyaravoro, Tamanivalu named in Babas team
29 October, 2016, 12:00 am
FIJIAN duo Seta Tamanivalu and Taqele Naiyaravoro have been named in the Barbarians ahead of their games against South Africa, Czech Republic and Fiji.
Australia’s Sam Carter, Luke Morahan, Paddy Ryan and Toby Smith have also made the team.
Brumbies lock Carter, Force wing Morahan, Rebels prop Smith and Waratahs prop Ryan join Robbie Deans’ squad next week to start the build-up to the Killik Cup match against the Springboks on November 5 at Wembley Stadium.
Former Chiefs centre Tamanivalu won his first three All Blacks caps this summer and is joined by Blues wing Melani Nanai, one of the Auckland franchise’s outstanding performers this year.
Deans and assistant coach Will Greenwood now have some of Super Rugby’s outstanding attacking talents on board with a final group of players to be announced in due course.
The latest call-ups join internationals Andy Ellis (Crusaders and New Zealand) and Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs and Australia), Hurricanes Super Rugby winners Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa and Reggie Goodes, Richard Mo’unga and Jordan Taufua from the Crusaders, and Matt Faddes and Luke Whitelock from the Highlanders.
Barbarians squad: Andy Ellis, Sam Carter, Matt Faddes, Michael Fatialofa, Reggie Goodes, Richard Mo’unga, Luke Morahan, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Melani Nanai, Ruan Pienaar, Andrew Ready, Paddy Ryan, Brad Shields, Toby Smith, Nic Stirzaker, Seta Tamanivalu, Jordan Taufua, Dan Tuohy, Luke Whitelock