Barbarians’ Deans defiant despite All Blacks being given ‘local derby’ feeling

• Coach does not feel lack of northern hemisphere Baa-Baas devalues fixture
• New Zealand’s Ian Foster: it would have been nice to face more UK players

The Barbarians coach, Robbie Deans, has brushed off suggestions that an absence of players from the northern hemisphere tarnishes their fixture against New Zealand on Saturday after the All Blacks expressed their disappointment.

The Baa-Baas have named a 26-man squad, including six current or former All Blacks but no players from the home nations and only two from the Premiership. A deal had been struck with Premiership Rugby Limited for access to players but with a recent glut of injuries most clubs have been reluctant to release anyone.

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