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Campese Maáfu Named To Play Against The Flying Fijians

Ma’afu announced his retirement after playing Fiji’s last pool game against Wales at Oiita Stadium on October 9.
13 Nov 2019 10:54
Campese Maáfu Named To Play Against The Flying Fijians
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians loose head prop Campese Ma’afu to play for the Barbarians against his team-mates at Twickenham in London on November 16. Ma’afu recently announced his retirement from international rugby. Photo: Rugby World Cup

A little over a month since he last played for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Campese Ma’afu will prop against his team-mates on Sunday (Fiji time).

Barbarians coach Eddie Jones has selected the loose-head prop in a squad to face the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at Twickenham, London.

He is likely to make a formidable front row partnership with Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira and retired Ireland captain/hooker Rory Best.

Ma’afu announced his retirement after playing Fiji’s last pool game against Wales at Oiita Stadium on October 9.

The Sydney-born prop made his debut for the Flying Fijians in 2009 and has since played 61 test matches including three Rugby World Cups from 2011.

Six Australians will also get the chance to play under former Wallabies coach Jones.

Brumbies duo Pete Samu and Joe Powell have been selected alongside Melbourne Rebels quartet Angus Cottrell, Billy Meakes, Luke Jones and Matt Philip.

10 South Africans are included – World Cup final heroes Mtawarira, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Curwin Bosch, Herschel Jantjies, Dillyn Leyds, Andre Esterhuizen, Morne Steyn, Hencus van Wyk and Marco van Staden.

Scotland’s Josh Strauss, French centre Mathieu Bastareud, Canada’s Tyler Ardron, and New Zealand duo David Havili and Andrew Makalio have also been called up.

The trip to Brazil to take on the Tupis will mark the 24th country that the BaaBaas have played, with their opponents since the turn of the century also includes Germany, Portugal, Georgia, Tunisia, Spain, Belgium, Fiji, Samoa, the Czech Republic and Tonga.

The tour will finish with a clash against Wales at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on November 30.

“It’s a huge honour to be invited to coach the Barbarians,” Jones said.

Barbarians squad for 2019 Tests

Forwards: Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa), Rory Best (Ireland), Enrique Pieretto (Argentina), Luke Jones (Australia), Matt Philip (Australia), Pete Samu (Australia), Marco van Staden (South Africa), Josh Strauss (Scotland), Andrew Makalio (uncapped/Crusaders), Campese Ma’afu (Fiji), Hencus van Wyk (Uncapped/Sunwolves), Tyler Ardron (Canada), Angus Cottrell (uncapped/Rebels),

Backs: Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa), Mathieu Bastareaud (France), Lukhanyo Am (South Africa), Jano Vermaak (uncapped/Stormers), David Havili (uncapped/Crusaders), Morne Steyn (South Africa), Santiago Iglesias (Argentina), Curwin Bosch (South Africa), Billy Meakes (uncapped/Rebels), Bautisa Ezcurra (Argentina), Andre Esterhuizen (South Africa), Joe Powell (Australia), Dillyn Leyds (South Africa).

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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