Lam takes charge of Barbarians again
NEWS: Pat Lam will take charge of the Barbarians once more when they return to face an England XV in a match on June 2.
The Bristol Bears coach led the side to a record-breaking 63-45 win at Twickenham in last year’s contest, when Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick for the invitation side.
He returns with the same coaching team that plotted the nine-try victory — and with three of the current Bristol squad who beat champions Saracens in the last round of Premiership matches.
New Zealand forwards Steven Luatua and John Afoa will pull on the famous black and white shirt once more with Samoa captain Chris Vui set to make his first appearance for the 129 year-old club.
Already signed up are Toulon’s New Zealand centre Malakai Fekitoa, Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb and Fijian wing Filipo Nakosi.
Pat Lam – Coach & mastermind of last year’s win 🙌
— Barbarian FC (@Barbarian_FC) April 18, 2019
“Last year was amazing,” said Lam.
“It was a huge privilege to be asked to coach having played for the club in the past and to be asked to come back and do it all again is a great honour.
“We prepared really well and on the day it all came together. If you get everyone on the same page, then it gives people the chance to really express their amazing talents. We got the balance right between bonding as a group and the getting the training content across.
“We put a real special emphasis on how we performed off the ball. You have to do that to make your mates look good.”
To do that again, Bristol’s forwards coach Jonathan Thomas, backs coach Conor McPhillips and performance analyst Stuart Powell all return, along with Connacht manager Tim Allnutt.
Lam said: “We’re using the same coaching group again and with so much to do in the build-up last year they made things easy. We’ve reviewed what we did closely and have improvements to make.
“You can see from the first few selections that the squad will be very similar in quality — and I can tell you I’ve had loads of players contacting me to be added to the selection list! The world game follows the Barbarians because of the global reach the club has and a lot of people saw the game last year.”