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Barbarians call on stars


James O'Connor

James O'Connor

James O'Connor

The Barbarians are set to field a batch of southern hemisphere stars in their Twickenham clash against world champions South Africa on December 4.

Australian backs James O'Connor, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau and Will Genia have been named by the Baa-baas, along with New Zealand wing Joe Rokocoko and centre Ma'a Nonu.

The All Blacks presence, meanwhile, continues up-front through hooker Keven Mealamu and back-row forward Rodney So'oialo.

South Africa kick off their European tour next Saturday when they tackle Ireland in Dublin, followed by Tests against Wales, Scotland and England before the Barbarians finale.