Three Springbok players named in Barbarians side to face Samoa

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TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Duane Vermeulen and Malcom Marx of South Africa with the gold medals at the changing room after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final match between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Three Springbok players have been named in the 24-man Barbarians squad for Saturday’s match against Samoa.

The trio of World Cup winners includes hooker Malcolm Marx, prop Steven Kitshoff and number eight Duane Vermeulen who were all part of the side that faced England in the final Autumn Nations Series Test on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: Duane Vermeulen and Malcom Marx of South Africa with the gold medals after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final match between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. /Getty Images

Marx, Kitshoff and Vermeulen have all previously appeared for the world-famous Barbarians who will be represented by 12 nationalities during the match.

Another Bok player Frans Malherbe missed out on the matchday squad despite being drafted into the team early last month.

The Barbarians will face Samoa for the Killik Cup at Twickenham. It is the only match to be played from the recently cancelled tour of Europe due to disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last time the two sides met was before the 2015 Rugby World Cup when the Barbarians emerged victorious 27-24 at London’s Olympic Stadium.

Meanwhile, Barbarian Women will take on a Springbok Women’s XV following the men’s match in what is a first-ever double “home” header for the invitational side.

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