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2 November 2017 4:34 PM Barbarians v New Zealand talking points: Julian Savea and Beauden Barrett and more

November is here! And to kick off a month of top-class Test action the Barbarians take on New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action. The Barbarians have produced some vintage performances in the past and up against the double world champions, the quality and excitement of rugby on display is sure to be enthralling. There's a host of talking 1222

2 November 2017 4:01 AM Barrett captains raw All Blacks in opener

An experienced duo will capture ample attention despite a host of fresh faces winning All Blacks selection for their tour opener against the Barbarians. Three uncapped players are on the bench while three others will make their starting debuts in a raw team, boasting just over 300 combined caps, on Saturday at Twickenham. To provide some counter-balance 270

30 October 2017 7:12 PM Large number of Kiwis in Barbarians squad

Steven Luatua and Ben Franks are among six former All Blacks and 13 Kiwis in the team coached by Robbie Deans and Scott Robertson. Highlanders' Luke Whitelock, Richard Buckman and Dillon Hunt were included, while other notables additions were fullback George Bridge and Auckland wing Vince Aso. The squad already included five players - Richie Mo'unga 207

30 October 2017 5:39 PM Kiwis make up half Barbarian side

Thirteen New Zealanders, past or present All Blacks, have been named in the 26-man Barbarians squad for matches against NZ and Tonga. Two more New Zealanders have been added to the Barbarians squad to meet the All Blacks this weekend, meaning Kiwis now make up half the 26-strong invitation side. Former All Blacks Ben Franks and Steven Luatua were named 197

29 October 2017 4:04 AM All Black Selectors Set A Challenge For Julian Savea To Return To The All Blacks

Julian Savea’s continued exile from the All Black squad has raised eyebrows among rugby fans and All Black selector Grant Fox has lifted the lid on what he expects from the blockbusting wing to reclaim his place in the World Champion backline. Since being dropped for the British and Irish Lions tests, to his credit, Savea has stayed quiet on social media 175

27 October 2017 8:50 AM Wellington Lions vs Bay of Plenty Steamers

What a game of footy. Wellington win a high-scoring affair and secure promotion to next season's Premiership. Bay of Plenty played well, but the Lions were just too good in the end. I feel like I can relate to the players, we all put in a 100 minute effort. 99mins: TRY BAY OF PLENTY: The Steamers have the last say! They may not have won, but they've 198

24 October 2017 8:41 PM Hansen tells Gatland: If you hate coaching, don't do it

That's the message from Steve Hansen to Warren Gatland, after the British and Irish Lions coach claimed he "hated" the tour of New Zealand this year. Gatland was upset with post-tour comments by players, the Kiwi media, and "the negativity in New Zealand". Hansen was in a defiant mood in an interview with Radio Sport's Martin Devlin, saying he was still 191

24 October 2017 5:54 PM Julian Savea to take on All Blacks for Baabaas

LONDON – Dropped New Zealand wing Julian Savea is set to show the world champions what they are missing after being included in the Barbarians squad for their match against the All Blacks at Twickenham on November 4. Nicknamed ‘ The Bus’, Savea – who has scored an impressive 46 tries in just 54 Tests – was dropped from New Zealand’ s Rugby Championship 160

24 October 2017 5:54 PM Barbarians select Julian Savea to face All Blacks

Julian Savea will play for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham on November 4. The winger was left out of New Zealand's 37-man touring squad, but will feature for the Baa-Baas against the world champions, live on Sky Sports. Savea was also dropped by coach Steve Hansen for the Rugby Championship in August, despite scoring 46 tries in just 54 Tests 175

24 October 2017 4:10 PM Savea to face All Blacks in BaaBaas jersey

Cape Town - The Barbarians will take on New Zealand with one of the All Blacks’ greatest-ever try scorers in their ranks. World Cup winner Julian Savea will line up for the famous invitation club for the tour which involves the Killik Cup match at Twickenham on November 4 and the match against Tonga in Limerick on November 10. Savea was the 2015 World 175