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Super Rugby champion joins Barbarians to take on New Zealand

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Former All Black Scott Robertson is joining the Barbarians coaching team for the matches against New Zealand and Tonga.

The Barbarians take on New Zealand for the Killik Cup at Twickenham on November 4. For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Robertson, 43, lifted the Super Rugby title this summer in his first season as Head Coach of the Crusaders.

He joins Barbarians' boss Robbie Deans for the European leg of the Barbarians tour which will see them take on New Zealand in the Killik Cup match at Twickenham on November 4 before facing Tonga at Thomond Park in Limerick on November 10.

Robertson won 23 caps in the back row for New Zealand and coached Canterbury and the New Zealand Under 20 side before being appointed to his Crusaders role.

He joins an illustrious recent roster of Barbarians coaches from New Zealand. In the last three seasons Deans, Sir John Kirwan, Jamie Joseph, Carlos Spencer and Vern Cotter have all been involved with the team.

Carlos Spencer (left) and Jamie Joseph too charge against Argentina in 2015

Carlos Spencer (left) and Jamie Joseph coached the side in 2015

“I’ve got a great regard for the Barbarians club,” said Robertson.

“I got invited to play but couldn’t get released at the time so it’s nice to be involved on the coaching side and the chance to work with Robbie’s a great opportunity.

Deans added: “You’ll certainly see Scott's passion for the game when he’s involved with us.

"He did a great job for the Crusaders in his first year and celebrated after the final with a break dance — so if he gets the chance to do that again, we’ll know we’ve done okay.”

The Barbarians are also in action next month in Australia, where former Wallabies coach Alan Jones takes charge of the team for matches against the Classic Wallabies (Lismore, October 24) and Australia (ANZ Stadium, Sydney, October 28).

Squads for both legs of the tour will be named in due course.