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Julian Savea to play for Barbarians against New Zealand

The Barbarians will take on New Zealand with one of the All Blacks’ greatest-ever try scorers in their ranks.

World Cup winner Julian Savea will line up for the famous invitation club for the tour which involves the Killik Cup match at Twickenham on November 4 and the match against Tonga in Limerick on November 10.

Savea was the 2015 World Cup’s leading try scorer and has touched down 46 tries in 54 appearances, appearing at international level most recently in the final drawn Test of the British & Irish Lions series before his surprise omission from this year’s Rugby Championship.

Only Doug Howlett (49 in 62) has scored more New Zealand tries. Savea is level in second place with greats Christian Cullen and Joe Rokocoko — but none of his rivals has a better strike rate.

Savea will face the Haka for the first time at Twickenham as the Barbarians attempt to emulate their famous wins of 1973 and 2009 when one of rugby’s most famous rivalries is renewed.

Savea is joined by another New Zealand World Cup winner in Andy Ellis.

Tickets to the Barbarians v New Zealand Killik Cup match at Twickenahm are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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