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Posted Friday, May 31st 2019

'Coaching Barbarians a privilege' - Lam

Pat Lam says it is 'an honour and privilege' to lead the Barbarians for a second successive season, as the prestigious club prepares to face an England XV featuring two Bristol Bears players at Twickenham on Sunday.

And the head coach says his star-studded squad is focused on becoming a ‘world class team’ during their short preparation for the fixture.

‘It’s a huge honour and privilege, but it’s also a big responsibility to uphold the tradition,” said Lam.

“When I got asked last year, I went back to my experiences when I played for the Barbarians and no doubt, everything is about coming together as a team. That’s what I tried to do last year and I’m pretty much trying to do the process a bit better this year.

“We’ve got some world class players and some quality coming in, but everything in these five days is about becoming a world class team.

“Certainly, Steven Luatua, John Afoa and Charles Piutau have played before, and for Chris Vui, he’s had a tremendous season and he’s buzzing about being involved.

“We’ve got some world class players and some quality coming in, but everything in these five days is about becoming a world class team."

Pat Lam, Director of Rugby

“People here can see the reason why our staff are here – Conor McPhillips, Jonathan Thomas, Rory Murray and Stuart Powell - because with a short amount of time, we haven’t got to worry about if we are aligned, or stepping on anyone’s toes, we can just get a lot of work done in a short amount of time.”

The Director of Rugby also hailed his young duo named in the England squad and is excited to see them perform on the international stage.

“I’ve text and got hold of Callum (Sheedy) and Piers (O’Conor) and I’m trusting they’re having a good week. I said to them to just make sure they’re ticking off all of their key things and boxes in their preparation to make sure they’re ready. Obviously, we want to win, but I want those two boys to play well.

“It’s a small example of it, but I believe there will be more players coming through in the next few years, as long as they are committed to doing the work and do their best for Bristol, other things will open up for them.”