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Barbarians coach named to face Lions

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/02/2017

Bay of Plenty coach Clayton McMillan has been named to oversee the New Zealand Barbarians side to face the touring British and Irish Lions.

The Barbarians-Lions clash in Whangarei on June 3 will the first game of the 10-match tour.

McMillan's assistants are two former Maori All Blacks and Super Rugby wingers - Roger Randle and Joe Maddock - who are both coaching at provincial level in New Zealand.

McMillan will select his side from provincial unions. They will assemble a week out from the game at Toll Stadium.

"The history and culture of the New Zealand Barbarians is rich so it will be an honour for this group to be a part of that," he said.

"Opening the Lions series against the best players from the Northern Hemisphere will no doubt be the biggest match of many of our players' lives - it will be a great occasion for them and the people of Whangarei."

McMillan says the aim will be to play an attacking brand of rugby in keeping with Barbarians traditions.

The match is arguably the most winnable of a taxing tour which also comprises three Tests against the world champion All Blacks, a clash with the Maori All Blacks and games against each of the five New Zealand Super Rugby sides.

McMillan played more than 100 games as a loose forward for Bay of Plenty before finishing his playing days in Japan.

He has held various club and age group roles in Bay of Plenty and Wellington.

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