This weekend brings a host of sporting action to enjoy, including a Currie Cup final that’s sure to be a cracker, a Premier League match-up that all eyes will be on, and an unmissable crocket clash that will undoubtedly be packed full of entertainment.
Barbarians vs Wallabies
Once again, rugby fans will be treated to the star-studded spectacle that is a Barbarians match at Twickenha, and while this is no test match, there will be plenty of sparks flying as they try to defeat a wounded Wallabies outfit.
The BaaBaas feature the likes of Juan de Jongh, Colin Slade, Frank Halai, Nick Cummins, Steven Luatua, Adam Thomson, Matt Stevens, Heinrich Brüssow, and Marnitz Boshoff, while Australia have welcomed back the mecurial pairing of Quade Cooper and Will Genia, along with their slick backline and quick forwards, so there’s no shortage of flair in these two sides.
Another aspect of interest is that it will be Michael Cheika’s first game in charge of Australia. He turned things around at Leinster and the Waratahs to become the first coach to win both a European Cup and Super Rugby title. Can he fix the Wallabies – on and off the field – in the 11 months he has before the World Cup?
USA vs All Blacks
The All Blacks trip to the United States is more about spreading the name of rugby and love of the game in the USA, but make no mistake, there is a lot to play for considering that the All Blacks will want to get back on track following a loss to the Springboks and narrow win against the Wallabies.
New Zealand also welcome back the code-hopping Sonny Bill Williams, who slots straight back into his familiar No. 12 jersey. On the other hand, the USA also have some interesting players in their squad, including the massive Samu Manoa, Todd Clever, Chris Wyles, and Kiwi-born Andrew Suniula at centre.
It’s going to be an epic encounter in front of a crowd of 61,500 at the sold-out Soldier Field in Chicago.
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Few matches in world football generate as much hype as the Manchester derby. History is on United’s side, but City have the current Barclays Premier League title in their trophy room, and given their form and United’s lack thereof, things are looking in City’s favour.
Wayne Rooney is available after serving the three-match ban that followed his red card against West Ham and Michael Carrick could start after sitting on the bench against Chelsea and West Brom. Phil Jones is a doubt with shin splints but Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia and Radamel Falcao could all feature. City are without Frank Lampard (thigh), while David Silva and Samir Nasri are doubtful.
David Silva is also set to be involved after recovering from a thigh injury. The Spaniard has missed City’s last two matches against Stoke and Viktoria Plzen. Micah Richards has also returned to training following a hamstring problem and could be named in the matchday squad for the first time this season, while Gael Clichy (thigh) is a major doubt.
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