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Deans to coach Baabaas against All Blacks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/06/2017

The All Blacks will face a Robbie Deans-coached Barbarians team in the opening match of their European tour in November.

Former Canterbury and New Zealand fullback Deans was unveiled as coach for the match at Twickenham on November 4, which precedes tour Tests against France, Scotland and Wales.

It will be Deans' third stint in charge of the Barbarians, having most recently overseen last year's 31-31 draw with South Africa at Wembley.

The last time 57-year-old Deans coached against the All Blacks was during his time as Wallabies coach, from 2008-13. Deans' record in 18 trans-Tasman Tests was 14 losses, three wins and one draw.

November's match will be the All Blacks' first at Twickenham since they won the 2015 World Cup final.

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