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|Subject: ABs in Baabaas' Sights; Umaga set to play Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:25 am|| |
- RugbyHeaven wrote:
- Briefs: Australian officials are hoping to feature offshore New Zealand talent like Carl Hayman, Chris Jack and Luke McAlister in the British Barbarians side to play the Wallabies on June 6.
Match organisers will be struggling for current test talent to fill the Baabaas because of the busy international schedule at the time.
The British & Irish Lions will be in South Africa at that time, New Zealand and French players are involved in a two tests series and England are playing Argentina.
A commitment to quality means building the side around leading European-based New Zealand and Australian players.
"The Barbarians are determined to make this match a success because they don't want it to be a one-off," Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill told The Australian newspaper.
O'Neill has suggested 2008 Wallabies Rocky Elsom and Dan Vickerman would return from Europe to do battle with their former Australian teammates, while there might even be cameos from Chris Latham, Steve Larkham, George Gregan and Chris Whitaker.
High profile rugby league converts such as Sonny Bill Williams and Craig Gower are also on the wish-list.
There are plenty of former All Blacks operating in Europe to help fill the ranks and give the Wallabies a decent match ahead of the Tri-Nations.
UMAGA SET TO PLAY
Tana Umaga is set to start for Toulon in Friday night's Top 14 match against Stade Francais in Paris after finally securing his playing licence.
The former All Blacks captain is on a mission to help his club fend off relegation, adding playing responsibilities to his coaching duties in a a comeback no one had predicted.
Umaga had hoped to start his return against Mont-de-Marsan on January 30 but couldn't play because he had not received his player registration in time.
But he has the paperwork done now and has included himself in a 27-man party that will travel up to Paris.
"We received the letter on Tuesday morning," Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal said.
"It was one of the most important letters of the year.
"But we will be even happier at kick-off, when he can express himself on the pitch, when he can give all he can for this club and this team."
Toulon has moved up to third from bottom in the Top 14.
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|Subject: Re: ABs in Baabaas' Sights; Umaga set to play Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:20 am|| |
Will gasnier play for the baabaas>?
I hope Tana Goes well! Goodluck to him and toulon