Giteau to lead Baa-Baas
Australian named captain of star-studded side for Springboks clash
Last Updated: 30/11/10 10:01am
Giteau: Named captain
Australia utility back Matt Giteau will captain the Barbarians in their MasterCard Trophy clash with South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.
The 28-year-old will be making his third appearance in four years for the Baa-Baas, but will skipper the side for the first time.
He will start at stand-off and form a half-back partnership with Wallabies team-mate Will Genia in a side that includes six Australia internationals and five All Blacks.
"This is a great honour and I am deeply grateful to the Barbarians committee for the confidence they have shown in me," Giteau said.
Italy prop Salvatore Perugini and Wales flanker Martyn Williams are also included in the starting XV alongside two uncapped players.
Chiefs No. 8 Colin Bourke and Western Province second row Anton van Zyl have been included in the pack, with the latter given a chance to face his fellow countrymen.
Welsh prop John Yapp is among those named on the replacements bench.
Barbarians: 15 James O'Connor (Aus), 14 Joe Rococoko (NZ), 13 Drew Mitchell (Aus), 12 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus), 11 Ma'a Nonu (NZ), 10 Matt Giteau (Aus, capt), 9 Will Genia (Aus); 8 Colin Bourke (Chiefs), 7 Martyn Williams (Wales), 6 Rodney So'oialo (NZ), 5 Chris Jack (NZ), 4 Anton van Zyl (Stormers), 3 Neemia Tialata (NZ), 2 Stephen Moore (Aus), 1 Salvatore Perugini (It).
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu (NZ), 17 John Yapp (Wales), 18 Quintin Geldenhuys (It), 19 Daniel Braid (NZ), 20 Andy Ellis (NZ), 21 Stephen Donald (NZ), 22 Seru Rabini (Fij).