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