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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Colin Bourke great try vs Hawkes Bay - New uncapped Barbarian

As with tradition, the Barbarians will have an uncapped player take to the field when they face South Africa on the 4th December. That player has now been revealed and it’s none other than dynamic Bay of Plenty number eight, Colin Bourke.

While the BaaBaa’s are usually packed with stars, its a huge honour for the player without Test experience to join them on the park. In the past players such as Tony Underwood, Derek Quinnell, Rob Howley, and Neil Back have all been selected in that role. As we all know, they all went on to achieve higher honours.

For Bourke, who was a talisman for his Bay Of Plenty side in this years ITM Cup, it’s a great piece of recognition as the Kiwi’s talent has been there for all to see this season. Playing at number eight, Bourke has been seen attempting 50m drop goals, slotting conversions and penalties with ease, and of course scoring tries such as the one posted here.

"I was pretty excited when I received the invitation. It will be incredible to be in the company of some outstanding players that I have watched and admired over the years," said the talented 26 year old. For the Barbarians, Bourke will pack down alongside fellow New Zealander Rodney So’oialo and Welshman Martyn Williams.

While not entirely complete, the Barbarians squad to play the Springboks is looking good so far, with a few All Blacks in the ranks. Keven Mealamu will be there after his suspension was downgraded, with teammates Joe Rokocoko, Ma'a Nonu, Neemia Tialata, Daniel Braid and Tom Donnelly all in the mix. Chris Jack will also be playing.

Backs: James O'Connor (Aus), Joe Rokocoko (NZ), Drew Mitchell (Aus), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus), Ma'a Nonu (NZ), Matt Giteau (Aus), Will Genia (Aus).
Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZ), Stephen Moore (Aus), John Hayes (Ire), Salvatore Perugini (Ita), Neemia Tialata (NZ), Chris Jack (NZ), Tom Donnelly (NZ), Quintin Geldenhuys (Ita), Martyn Williams (Wal), Rodney So'oialo (NZ), Colin Bourke (Chiefs), Daniel Braid (NZ).

We've still got tickets up for grabs, so enter now to stand a chance of being at Twickenham for this great match. Find out more and Enter here. If you want to make sure you're there, get your tickets at Ticketmaster.co.uk. Prices range from £35 for adults and from £17.50 for juniors.



  • "Got the six shooters out"


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 7:41 pm  

  • If that try was made my Nick Easter in the Premiership, it would have got the try of the season award!

    But as it's scored by a relatively unknown kiwi in the ITM Cup, it will be forgotten soon. It's a shame.

    Well done New Zealand for developing such good players and such great play week in, week out! That's why the ABs are playing the best rugby in the world.

    By Anonymous Joost, at November 16, 2010 8:04 pm  

  • Just goes to show you the depth in NZ rugby. How many randoms like this would walk onto other international 22's?

    I'm from Canada and ever since I saw my first super14 game on tv (highlanders vs someone couple years ago) I've always loved Colin Bourke. Great skillset

    By Anonymous jajajajaaaa, at November 16, 2010 10:45 pm  

  • Great player, it's a shame he's got 25yo Kieran Read ahead of him in the national side.

    By Blogger Douglas, at November 16, 2010 10:51 pm  

  • Yea hes all class... Still could be an Allblack one day, but there would need to be a couple of injuries to the likes of Reid/Messam/Vito

    By Anonymous Nicko, at November 17, 2010 4:17 am  

  • hes gonsta karve up against all em shofties. Not bad for a kiwi fulla such a shmall country we gots to take it eassee in the ruggers aye? U wan2 talk bout depth - den u can talk bout mee shwimmin pool ya bunch of drongos!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous coolangatta gold, at November 17, 2010 5:39 am  

  • would be awesome for this guy to get a chance in the ab's squad. been playing some awesome football for the past couple years now, only problem is reid has been playing like a man possessed for the all blacks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 17, 2010 1:13 pm  

  • heyy, wasent gavin henson in the lineup as well?

    By Anonymous mathew, at November 18, 2010 12:40 am  

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