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The Australian Schools Barbarians clash against Samoa this week is the only international schoolboys fixture on home soil this year and, as a result, head coach Daniel Hawke sent his side a bold challenge ahead of the clash.
He wants his Barbarians to shine, and prove they’ve got what it takes to be at this level.
The Barbarians outfit, made up of the nation’s best who weren’t included in the Australian Schools and U18 tour of New Zealand, will enter the clash as favourites.
That comes largely as a result of their imposing record against the Samoans, the Barbarians remain undefeated against the Pacific Islanders in their four encounters since 2001.
But the Barbarians’ preparation has been short while Samoa’s has been anything but.
Samoa have been on Australian shores for two weeks and have taken care of Shoalhaven, ACT and Central West Schoolboys sides since landing, the latter a 79-7 demolition job at Bathurst last weekend.