Dai Young has been selected to coach the Barbarians when they go head to head against the British and Irish Lions next year in Hong Kong. The game will be the warm-up match for the Lions and to say the players, playing under Welsh coach Warren Gatland, will be up for it is sure to be an understatement. The clash is going to be a game in which the Lions will be attempting to prove themselves as a solid and fully functional team, whilst also seeing certain individuals out to prove their worth in the eyes of the coaching staff. Dai Young collected 51 caps for Wales during his career and is currently placed at the Director of Rugby at London Wasps. He is no stranger to either side of this match, playing in all three tests during the Lions 2-1 victory over Australia in 1989, however Young has coached the Barbarians previous to this event. In 2011 he was the man in charge of the Barbarians during their wins over Wales and England. As well as the honour of coaching the invitational team against the Lions, he will also be in control for the annual clash against England, which takes place on May 26th 2013. But Young has described the opportunity to play the Lions in their first tour game as “the icing on the cake.” Goodluck to Young, as what he faces in Hong Kong is not going to be an easy feat no matter what players he can call upon for this monumentous event.
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