Barbarians Rugby
Johnson returns to Millenium with Baa Baas
ESPNscrum Staff
May 20, 2011
Wallabies assistant coach Scott Johnson talks to the media as the Australian Wallabies arrive home at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Australia on October 10, 2007.
Scott Johnson will coach the Barbarians backs ahead of their clash with Wales © Getty Images

Former Wales coach Scott Johnson has been appointed as the Barbarians' backs coach for the match against Wales in Cardiff on June 4.

Australia-born Johnson, who led Wales for three matches at the Six Nations Championship in 2006 and was an assistant to Mike Ruddock when Wales won the Grand Slam the year before, is now director of coaching at the Ospreys. He will work alongside Cardiff Blues director of coaching David Young with the Barbarians, who will serve as World Cup warm-up opponents for Warren Gatland's Wales side.

"It's been a while since I've coached at the Millennium Stadium but the place is full of fantastic memories for me," said Johnson. "I had a great time as Wales coach and the 2005 Grand Slam has got to be the highlight of my international coaching career.

"We played just two games at home, but that final decider against Ireland was just one of those epic games and something that will stay with everyone who experienced it forever.

"The Barbarians are steeped in tradition, they come with their own style and attitude and with so many experienced international players the side would probably coach itself, but it's an exciting prospect and a privilege to be involved.

"I'm looking forward to meeting up with some great players who I have a huge amount of respect for."

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