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    The Australian Barbarians side will be taking on the Canadian national team tonight on the Gold Coast. Join us before the 7:30pm AEST kickoff for live scores and blog of the match featuring a number of fringe Wallabies hoping to impress – and a rare chance to see the Canadians play rugby.

    This is a last-chance saloon for a few Australian players to prove themselves before the Rugby World Cup is underway.

    Berrick Barnes will want to prove he is up to the task of running the show at 10 to prove himself a worthy back up to Quade Cooper.

    He won’t necessarily be expected to produce the same off the cuff attack, but will be hoping he guides the team well, makes space for his backline and gives them chances in space to show their wares.

    Rob Horne has been earmarked for big things and will be out to prove himself on a bigger stage after spending the majority of the last two years on the sideline without a chance to prove his backers.

    James Slipper, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Drew Mitchell – all returning from injury lay-offs – will be eager to get through the match unscathed.

    Robbie Deans, and Wallabies supporters are well aware of what these men offer the national side, the real issue is the fitness of the trio.

    A running Mitchell on the wing for the Wallabies makes the side far more balanced; Slipper has been one of the in-form and most promising props in Australia over the last 24 months while Polota-Nau is a human wrecking ball.

    A solid 60+ minutes is on the agenda for all of them before they are put back in the cotton wool.

    With Matt Giteau pulling out through injury, Nick Phipps is another interesting player to watch because he is arguably the most improved player in the country this year.

    At the world cup – barring injury – he isn’t likely to see many playing minutes in meaningful situations.

    However with Luke Burgess leaving for France after the Cup, Phipps will be eyeing off every chance to solidify his standing as the next in line to deputise for Will Genia in the future.

    One thing that might make his life a little difficult is the selection of the back row.

    Pat McCutcheon, Matt Hodgson and Dave Dennis are hardly the type of players to physically dominate the play for long periods.

    No one has doubted Phipps skills this year but his decisions under pressure haven’t always been able to match that talent.

    This is Canada, but Phipps may find himself under pressure clearing slow or loose ball on occasion. It will be up to Polota-Nau, Sitaleki Timani and Nathan Sharpe to provide a bit of the grunt and enforcement both with the ball in hand and in the ruck.

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    • August 26th 2011 @ 12:59pm
      Phil said | August 26th 2011 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

      Does anyone know why this very important game is not being broadcast live on TV (excluding the live streaming)??

      • August 26th 2011 @ 6:09pm
        warrenexpatinnz said | August 26th 2011 @ 6:09pm | ! Report

        Good question Phil as I would have been very keen to see it, even if it was a $10 pay for view as it would not only great to watch these returning players but think Canada may give a good contest. Bit like last years midweek tour games, marketing guys, ARU? need a kick up the bum.

    • August 26th 2011 @ 6:29pm
      Nashi said | August 26th 2011 @ 6:29pm | ! Report

      Fox will be streaming it at from 7:20pm tonight.

      • August 26th 2011 @ 7:17pm
        p.Tah said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:17pm | ! Report

        just tuned in to the stream. Quite good quality.

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          August 26th 2011 @ 7:24pm
          Elisha Pearce said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

          You’re right. It looks pretty good. What do you rekon our luck will be like for replays etc?
          I didn’t get to see our Australian Barbarians v England match last year. Was the production giving replays and different angles etc?

        • August 26th 2011 @ 7:29pm
          Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

          That’s interesting.

          I’ve been trying to get it to work using my stuttering internet. No luck so far.

          Is it clear & easy to follow on the Foxsport website or am I missing something here?

          And this is coming from someone who has shelled out for Austar. Why this isn’t been televise3d is beyond me.

          • August 26th 2011 @ 7:36pm
            p.Tah said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:36pm | ! Report

            Hi BB, I disconnected the wireless internet and set up a cable to speed it up. Working ok for me. Not sure of the speeds up in Bellinigen!

      • August 26th 2011 @ 7:29pm
        niwdEyaJ said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

        Thanks for the link Nashi… watching the game in London, at work.. love it!

        Did the Barbarians really have to steal the Springbok outfits for this game?

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      August 26th 2011 @ 7:14pm
      Elisha Pearce said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:14pm | ! Report

      Welcome everyone! Not long til kick off tonight!
      I’ve just logged on after playing the demo version of the Rugby World Cup xbox game. lt plays like the under7s games you see before kick off time in Waratahs fairly random ruck work and simple moves. Tip for anyone considering playing it: Throw it to Habana, he’s about twice as fast as anyone else.

      As for tonight I can’t wait to see some rugby! For most of the reasons above I’m interested in seeing how the Wallabies perform tonight and have a few players such as the injured 3, Barnes, Horne and Phipps that I can’t wait to see under pressure.
      This will also be the first time I’ve seen Canada since we beat them in the World Cup match in 2007. I can’t imagine their side is very similar to that one so we’ll see how they go!

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      August 26th 2011 @ 7:20pm
      Elisha Pearce said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

      There seems to be about as many people at the ground as the Gold Coast A-League generally have in attendance. Doesn’t appear to be many people on the far side of the field or the end stands.

      So, from other people on here, who are we looking out for? Does anyone follow Canadian rugby much that would like to comment on the team?

      • August 26th 2011 @ 7:50pm
        The Donk said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:50pm | ! Report

        Riordan at hooker is good value in the front row and as captain. But he’s had a pretty wonky throw in two recent tests against the US

        Cudmore in the second row is a bit of a thug. Some good physicality for Canada, but discipline can be an issue (youtube him – he’s been in scraps aplenty playing for Clermont Auvergne)

        Kleeberger is rumoured to have the highest bench press in the squad. Good alround back rower. O’Toole has been in good form of late – knows how to stride out in open field, but wll he get opportunites against the better teams such as Australia etc?

        Scrum-half Fairhurst is experienced and tidy. Ditto for Monro at fly-half.

        Van der Merwe out wide is the pick for Canada – he’s played a lot of good footy in Scotland over the last year or two.

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          August 26th 2011 @ 7:54pm
          Elisha Pearce said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:54pm | ! Report

          Is Keeberger the Wookie? He stands out!
          Van Der Merwe has been going ok already.

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      August 26th 2011 @ 7:26pm
      Elisha Pearce said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:26pm | ! Report

      The Canadian team is on the field…

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      August 26th 2011 @ 7:27pm
      Elisha Pearce said | August 26th 2011 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

      Here are the Australian Barbarians!

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