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Wayne Stevens to captain Southern Barbarians at Kimberley

12 June 2012

  • Stevens leads Eastern Province-heavy Southern Barbarians selection against England
  • First of three matches at altitude for the tourists

Wayne Stevens in Currie Cup action

Photo: Getty Images

Centre Wayne Stevens, one of seven Eastern Province Kings players in the starting line-up, will captain the South Africa Southern Barbarians XV against England tomorrow afternoon in Kimberley.

There is just one personnel change from the squad that was named at the end of May, lock Ben Venter being replaced in the match-day 22 on Monday by Border team-mate Samora Fihlani after picking up an injury.

Conversely, Stuart Lancaster has made wholesale changes to his side in the wake of the weekend's tour opener in Durban, with the likes of James Haskell, Danny Care and Christian Wade given a chance to grab a Test shirt in the first of two midweek matches.

Set to take place 1230 metres above sea-level at GWK Park, this is also the first of three fixtures England will play at altitude.

South Africa Southern Barbarians team to face England

15. Jacquin Jansen (Boland); 14. Cornal Hendricks (Boland), 13. Kempie Rautenbach (South Western Districts), 12. Wayne Stevens (Eastern Province Kings, captain), 11.Norman Nelson (Eastern Province Kings); 10. Elgar Watts (Boland), 9. Boela Abrahams (Eastern Province Kings), 8. Jacques Engelbrecht (Eastern Province Kings), 7. Shaun Raubenheimer (South Western Districts), 6. Mpho Mbiyozo (Eastern Province Kings), 5. David Bulbring (Eastern Province Kings), 4. Nolan Clark (Boland), 3. Ross Geldenhuys (Boland), 2. Hannes Franklin (Eastern Province Kings), 1. Corne Fourie (Pumas).

Replacements: 16. Clemen Lewis (Boland), 17. Dean Hopp (South Western Districts), 18-Samora Fihlani (Border), 19. Zandre Jordaan (Boland), 20. Ntando Kebe (Border), 21. Ricardo Croy (Boland), 22. Ntabeni Dukisa (Border).