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England World Cup winner Will Greenwood and former Australia coach Robbie Deans will coach the Barbarians against South Africa in November.

The invitational side — in their 125th season — take on South Africa at Wembley on November 5 and and will be aiming for a third successive victory in the series after beating the Springboks in 2007 and 2010.


Greenwood was part of England’s World Cup winning side in 2003 when Jonny Wilkinson’s dramatic drop-kick in extra time sealed a 20-17 victory over the Wallabies. The 43-year-old former Leicester and Harlequins centre turned TV pundit represented the Barbarians twice as a player, against Ireland in 1996 — before he was capped by England — and against Scotland 10 years later.

“I grew up watching the Barbarians who are still an iconic side that brings great names together to play entertaining and enjoyable rugby,” Greenwood said.

“It was an honour to play for them twice and it is a privilege to be involved in coaching the team against South Africa this year — helping give them a structure in which they can express themselves.

“Bringing people together from different countries to play for each other and for the traditions the Barbarians represent is a great challenge and one I’m looking forward to.”