Dai Young has been named coach of the Barbarians and will lead them against the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong next June in the warm-up to their 2013 tour to Australia.
It is the fourth time the London Wasps director of rugby has coached the Baa-Baas after notching up wins for the famous touring side against England and Wales in 2011 as well as taking the helm in 2008 and 2009.
The former prop, who won 51 caps for Wales and also toured with the Lions to Australia in 1989 and 2001 and South Africa in 1997, will be joined by team manager Derek Quinnell.
“The annual game against England is a big enough occasion,” said Young. “But to play the Lions on the first match of their own major tour is really a case of the icing on the cake.”
The Barbarians have only ever played the Lions once, in 1977, losing 23-14 at Twickenham.
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