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Super Rugby Champion to take on New Zealand and Tonga

Barbarians take on Tonga at Thomond Park Stadium on Friday 10 November. Barbarians recently launched a women's team and will be playing Munster women the same day - kick off at 2.30pm. If you purchase a Tonga match ticket you can watch the ladies team earlier for free!

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

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

He joins Barbarians Head Coach Robbie Deans for the European leg of the tour which will see the Baa-Baas 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.

“I’ve got a great regard for the Barbarians,” 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 Super Rugby final with a break dance — so if he gets the chance to do that again, we’ll know we’ve done okay.”

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

Tickets for the Barbarians v Tonga at Thomond Park Stadium on 10 November are on sale now.