Henry to lead Barbarians
October 24, 2011
Graham Henry and Richie McCaw lead the celebrations after winning the World Cup © Getty Images
The two Kiwis, who masterminded the All Blacks' World Cup triumph, will take charge of the Baa Baas for the first time. They will be joined by a host of players from the All Blacks squad including Sonny Bill Williams, Keven Mealamu and Jerome Kaino.
Barbarians' chairman John Spencer said: "This is a great coup for the Barbarians at this particular time. Having seen at first hand in New Zealand in recent weeks the high regard in which both Graham Henry and Steve Hansen are held by the rugby fraternity at large, capped by the All Blacks being crowned as world champions, we are absolutely delighted that they are coming to the UK to coach the Barbarians."
Wales' Leigh Halfpenny and Jamie Roberts, along with South Africa's Bryan Habana and Victor Matfield, are also scheduled to feature in a stellar line-up. The new Barbarians feature a glittering cast of other big names from around the world including Stirling Mortlock (Australia), Danny Cipriani (England), Jason White (Scotland) and the Wales' trio of record cap-holder Stephen Jones and his namesakes Ryan and Adam Jones.
Barbarians' secretary Alan Evans said, "Advance ticket sales have already hit the 40,000 mark and as more and more star names are announced we are confident that the British rugby public will want to be at Twickenham to see whether Graham Henry and Steve Hansen can mastermind another victory over the Wallabies."
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