27 Oct 2011

Henry and Hansen to coach Babaas

8:00 am on 27 October 2011

The All Blacks rugby World Cup winning coach Graham Henry and his assistant Steve Hansen will coach the Barbarians for their clash with the Wallabies at Twickenham next month, with several All Blacks to make their Babaas debut.

The two New Zealanders will be take charge of a Barbarian squad for the first time as the famous club prepares to take on the Tri-Nations' champions Wallabies for the Killik & Co Cup on November the 26th.

Joining Henry and Hansen in a star-studded line-up will be other headline names from the World Cup, including several of of the All Blacks triumphant squad.

Sonny Bill Williams and Keven Mealamu are scheduled to make their second Barbarians appearance while the All Black debutants include Jerome Kaino, Piri Weepu and Adam Thomson.

Also returning to Barbarian colours are Welsh backs Jamie Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny, and Springboks Bryan Habana and Victor Matfield.

The four last played together when the Barbarians beat New Zealand two years ago, Habana leaving his imprint on a pulsating victory with a hat-trick of tries.

The new Barbarians feature a glittering cast of other big names from around the world including Australia's Stirling Mortlock, England's Danny Cipriani, Scotland's Jason White and the Wales trio of record cap-holder Stephen Jones and his namesakes Ryan and Adam Jones.