BaaBaas call up Ruan, Big Joe

Ruan Pienaar and Joe van Niekerk have been included in the Barbarians 26-man squad to face England and Wales over the next fortnight.

The Barbarians squad is only made up of European-based players, with most of them coming from the French Top 14.

Utility back Pienaar and No 8 Van Niekerk are the only South Africans in the squad, while SA-born Italian international lock Quintin Geldenhuys is also included. Other big names in the group are Italy captain Sergio Parisse, former Wallabies flank George Smith and Toulon’s rugby league convert Willie Mason.

The Barbarians face England this Sunday (29 May) and then tackle Wales the following weekend on Saturday (4 June).

Barbarians squad:

Backs – Benoit Baby (Clermont), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais), Doug Howlett (Munster), Brock James (Clermont), Nicolas Jeanjean (Brive), Willie Mason (Toulon), Frederic Michalak (Toulouse), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster), Seru Rabini (La Rochelle), Paul Sackey (Toulon), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres), Tim Visser (Edinburgh).

Forwards – Sebastien Bruno (Toulon), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Carl Hayman (Toulon), Davit Kubriashvili (Toulon), Erik Lund (Biarritz), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais), Salvatore Perugini (Aironi), George Smith (Toulon), Iosefa Tekori (Castres), Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets), Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues), Joe van Niekerk (Toulon), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues).

Coaches: David Young, Scott Johnson