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Rupert Wyman 3rd Dec 2008 - 12:06

Count on the Baa-Baas all night long

The Barbarians face Australia tonight at Wembley Stadium. The invitational side has picked a team full of stars. This is almost always the case but tonight's team is full of real top drawer players.

In the starting XV there are nine Springboks including World Cup winning captain John Smit and flying winger Bryan Habana. The rest of the team is made up of four All Blacks, including star flanker Richie McCaw and Italian prop Federico Pucciariello and Samoan prop Census Johnson.

The team is flowing full of world class talent and if they manage to click, like many Barbarians sides struggle to do, then there will be no stopping them.

As is tradition the Barbarians have named an uncapped player in their team. South African forward Nick Koster is named on the bench for this mouthwatering clash.

The Australian side that has been picked is full of fringe players. Ten players who were not needed for last week's defeat against Wales are in the team. The Wallabies are without captain Stirling Mortlock and fly-half Matt Giteau amongst others. In Mortlock's absence flanker George Smith will lead the Wallabies.

The Baa-Baas are deserved clear favourites to win the match at odds of 1/4 with the Wallabies outsiders at 11/4 and the draw a 20/1 shot.

The handicap betting gives Australia a nine point start with both sides 10/11 shots. The Barbarians should have enough to cover the handicap and in the process add insult to an already wounded Wallaby side.

During the Autumn Tests Australia played four times losing just the once, last week to Wales. The Test schedule has been gruelling for Australia and the players will be looking forward to returning for Christmas Down Under.

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