Du Preez and Phillips join Baa-baas' ranks
October 13, 2009
Springboks fly-half Fourie du Preez will line up in the Barbarians' colours later this year © Getty Images
South Africa scrum-half Fourie du Preez and his Wales counterpart Mike Phillips are the latest star names to be recruited by the Barbarians for their clash with New Zealand at Twickenham later this year.
The talented duo, who memorably went head-to-head during this summer's British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, will both don the famous black and white jersey of the Barbarians for the match against the All Blacks on December 5.
Ahead of what will be his Barbarians debut, Ospreys No.9 Phillips said, "It is such an honour to be asked to play. When I look back at the names that have worn the shirt before me, it's incredible - a 'who's who' of international rugby. It's fantastic that the tradition of the Barbarians is still going strong in the professional era, you only need to look at the squad for this game to see how highly regarded the club is.
"I'm really looking forward being on the same team as Fourie, he's such an exceptional player. That's one of the beauties of Barbarians rugby, you get the chance to play with players that you'd only normally expect to play against. Hopefully, we'll be able to give each other a few tips now that the Lions series is over!"
The duo join a host of global rugby stars that have already been confirmed to represent the Baa-Baas and include; Matt Giteau, Bryan Habana, Juan Martin Hernandez, Stirling Mortlock, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.
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