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Sport24.co.za | Greenwood joins BaaBaas for Bok clash



Cape Town – Will
Greenwood will join the Barbarians coaching staff for this year’s showpiece
game against South Africa. 

The
2003 World Cup winner teams up with former Australia coach Robbie Deans to
prepare a star-studded side to face the Springboks at Wembley Stadium on November 5. 

The
famous invitation club – in their 125th season – will be aiming for a third
successive victory in the series after beating South Africa 26-20 in 2010 and
22-5 in 2007. 

Greenwood
represented the Barbarians twice as a player – against Ireland in 1996 before
he was capped by England and against Scotland 10 years later. His father Dick
played for the club in the 1960s. 

“I
grew up watching the Barbarians who are still an iconic side that brings great
names together to play entertaining and enjoyable rugby,” said Greenwood. 

“It
was an honour to play for them twice and it is a privilege to be involved in
coaching the team against South Africa this year – helping give them a
structure in which they can express themselves. 

“Bringing
people together from different countries to play for each other and for the
traditions the Barbarians represent is a great challenge and one I’m looking
forward to.”

Deans
is the most successful coach in Super Rugby history after winning five titles
with the Crusaders between 2000 and 2008. He returns to the Barbarians after
coaching them to a win over Ireland and a defeat against England in May 2014. 

“My
recent experience reaffirmed what a privilege it is to be involved with the
Barbarians and the players all understood that,” said Deans.  

“It’s
a great opportunity for everyone. We’ll be playing the ultimate rugby nation in
South Africa, they’ll have a new coaching staff in place and they’re a latent
giant waiting to be awoken. 

“They
were probably the closest of all apart from New Zealand to winning the World
Cup. There was very little between those sides.  

“With
the talent they’ve got they’ll keep improving and the hunger will grow. If you
add in a new coaching staff to that and it’s a powerful mix.”

“I’m
looking forward to working with Will and it’ll be good to have such an expert
on board. Will’s got a lot of experience, he’s a World Cup winner and it’s
great to have him involved with the Barbarians.’ 

The
Barbarians will make key player announcements throughout the year in the
build-up to the match. 

South
Africa are due to name a new Head Coach to succeed Heyneke Meyer next month.



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