Baa-baas calls up top Kiwi to help beat the All Blacks

The Rugby Paper - - News - PETER JACK­SON

THE Bar­bar­ians have hired a cham­pion New Zealan­der with the best in­side track on the All Blacks for their crack at the world cham­pi­ons at Twick­en­ham.

Scott Robert­son, whose Cru­saders re­gained their Su­per Rugby ti­tle in Jo­han­nes­burg ear­lier this month, is be­ing re­warded with a shot at the dou­ble World Cup win­ners in Lon­don in ten weeks time as part of an all-New Zealand chain of com­mand.

His ap­point­ment to run the Baa-baas in tan­dem with an­other dec­o­rated Cru­sader, former Aus­tralia coach Rob­bie Deans, is due to be an­nounced of­fi­cially next month. Robert­son, a 23-Test All Black, will bring no short­age of in­side in­for­ma­tion on the ten-man Cru­saders’ Test con­tin­gent headed by Kieran Read.

In a fur­ther am­bi­tious move, The Rugby Pa­per can re­veal that the fa­mous in­vi­ta­tional club are in talks with na­tional Unions aimed at se­cur­ing a Lions pres­ence in their line-up. When the Baa-baas scored their fa­mous win over Ian Kirk­patrick’s All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park 45 sea­sons ago they did so with 14 of the vic­to­ri­ous Lions in New Zealand 18 months ear­lier.

“We have not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of some Lions be­ing in­volved,’’ a Baa-baas of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day. “We are in con­ver­sa­tion with Unions and con­fi­dent that we shall be able to se­cure a very strong squad.

‘’We are cer­tainly not re­signed to be­ing with­out any Lions. De­spite what some peo­ple may say, we haven’t been told to get lost. Far from it. We have an agreement with Premier Rugby for ac­cess to their play­ers.”

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