Fresh from guiding the All Blacks to their first World Cup title in 24 years, Graham Henry will coach the Barbarians in their November 26 match with Australia at Twickenham.
Henry, who earned redemption in the eyes of his compatriots after his side avenged a 2007 World Cup quarterfinal defeat by France in Sunday's final, will have his trusty assistant Steve Hansen by his side once more as he takes charge of a star-studded cast of players against the Wallabies.
His World Cup-winning side is represented by Sonny Bill Williams, Keven Mealamu, Jerome Kaino, Adam Thomson and Piri Weepu, along with two of the Springboks' 2007 World Cup winning stars, Bryan Habana and Victor Matfield who played for the Barbarians when they beat New Zealand two years ago.
Also returning to Barbarian colours are exciting Welsh outside backs Jamie Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny who will be joined by 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' 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."
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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