Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock called up to Barbarians squad
Scotland lock named in squad to face Australia and Leicester Tigers in November
Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock has been called up to the Barbarians squad to face Australia and Leicester Tigers next month.
The Scotland international again missed out on selection for the Viagogo Autumn Tests on Monday, but has been invited to join a squad managed by former Italy head coach Sir John Kirwan.
Joining the 33-year-old lock in the squad made up of mostly southern hemisphere players is South African scrum-half Sarel Pretorius and Springboks international centre Juan de Jongh.
All Blacks Colin Slade, Stephen Luatua, Matt Todd and Dominic Bird have also been added to the Baa-Baas squad after their omission from Steve Hansen’s squad for New Zealand’s tour of the northern hemisphere next month, although Slade is on standby should Dan Carter fail to recover from injury.
Slade, the Crusaders outside-half, was the All Blacks’ hero on Saturday as he converted a last-gasp try to defeat the Wallabies 29-28 in Bledisloe 3 in Brisbane, but could be in line for a start at Twickenham against an Australia XV to contest the Killik Cup on 1 November and the clash with Leicester at Welford Road on 4 November.
Kirwan had already announced the selection of several international players including former England prop Matt Stevens, Australian wing Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins, CJ Van der Linde Heinrich Brussow, Coenie Oosthuizen, Mahonri Schwalger and Japanese international Fumiaki Tanaka.
Barbarians squad (27)Backs: Tim Nanai Williams (Chiefs), Joaquin Tuculet (Grenoble & Argentina), Patrick Osborne (Highlanders), Frank Halai (Blues & New Zealand), Juan de Jongh (Stormers & South Africa), Nick Cummins (Coca Cola West Red Sparks & Australia), Francis Saili (Blues & New Zealand), Colin Slade (Crusaders & New Zealand), Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions & South Africa), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Ath & Argentina), Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs), Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders & Japan)
Forwards: Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs & South Africa), Matt Stevens (Sharks & England), Thomas Du Toit (Sharks), Angus Ta’avao (Blues), James Parsons (Blues), Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs & Samoa), Michael Rhodes (Stormers), Matias Alemanno (La Tablada & Argentina), Dominic Bird (Canterbury & New Zealand), Al Kellock (Glasgow & Scotland), Adam Thomson (Canon Eagles & New Zealand), Matt Todd (Crusaders & New Zealand), Steven Luatua (Blues & New Zealand), Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs & South Africa), Jacques Botes (Sharks)