Attacking fireworks are expected for two free-flowing teams.
Where: Twickenham, London
When: 14.30 (GMT)
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If you’re a fan of defensive minded rugby and set-pieces, this weekend’s game between the Barbarians and Fiji won’t be for you.
If you’re like idea of running rugby then you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained for 80 minutes as the sides prepare for their one-off clash at Twickenham on London.
With both the BaaBaas and the Fijians priding themselves on playing expansive styles of rugby, end-to-end action is tipped to bring a big crowd out to England capital.
Barbarians captain Jean de Villiers said his side has got an idea of a basic structure they want to use this weekend, but said at the end of the day, playing whatever is front of them will be the main aim.
“At training you can just see the natural ability of the players,” De Villiers said this week, when asked about their preparation.
“We do have a little bit of structure, but then again we want to go out and entertain the crowd on Saturday.
“A lot of tickets have already been sold for the game and it is our job to entertain.”
De Villiers knows his side’s sliding and scrambling defence will have to be in top order as well if they are to stop, what he suspects, will be the many attacking raids served up by the Bati.
“They will come out and entertain on Saturday,” De Villiers said.
“They just have that natural ability to play rugby, the Fijians, that natural skill.
“We will have to be able to expect anything and everything on Saturday. They are phenomenal athletes, big, quick players – they can step, they can off-load.”
Barbarians: 15 Santiago Cordera, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Gavin Williams, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Mick O’Driscoll, 3 Matias Diaz, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Guillermo Ruan, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Willie le Roux.
Fiji – possible: 15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Sammy Speight, 13 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12 Nemani Nadolo Nasiganiyavi, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Serenaia Bai, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Sakiusa Matadigo, 7 Akapusi Qera (captain), 6 Malakai Ravulo, 5 Apisai Naikatini, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Setefano Somoca, 2 Seremaia Namaralevu, 1 Jereremaia Yanuyanutawa.
Replacements: 16 Peni Ravai, 17 Campese Ma’afu, 18 Manasa Saulo, 19 Sam Matavesi, 20 Nemani Nagusa, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Waisea Luveniyali, 23 Malakai Bakaniceva.