Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana and Adriaan Strauss have been included in the Barbarians’ 22-man squad for Saturday’s game against Australia.
The starting XV and skipper will be finalised later this week, and coach Graham Henry, who recently won the World Cup with New Zealand, has plenty of good options.
While a big name in Sonny Bill Williams has pulled out with a hamstring injury, there are still as many as five All Blacks in the squad, as well as the uncapped New Zealander Robbie Fruean.
The Baa Baas have also brought England league star Sam Tomkins into the mix. Tomkins played for England’s league side against the Australian Kangaroos in the Four Nations’ Final last week.
Barbarians squad – Sam Tomkins (England Rugby League), Bryan Habana (South Africa), Isaia Toeava (New Zealand), Robbie Fruean (Crusaders), Stirling Mortlock (Australia), Richard Kahui (New Zealand), Seru Rabeni (Fiji), Danny Cipriani (England), Peter Stringer (Ireland), Nemia Kenatale (Fiji), Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), Adriaan Strauss (South Africa), Salvatore Perugini (Italy), Sylvain Marconnet (France), Eusebio Guinazu (Argentina), Victor Matfield (South Africa), Simon Shaw (England), Marco Bortolami (Italy), Jason White (Scotland), Jerome Kaino (New Zealand), Adam Thomson (New Zealand), Mauro Bergamasco (Italy).