Wayne Smith signs for war vets charity match

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:00 13/11/2011
Wayne Smith
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RAISING FUNDS: After the Barbarians match, All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith will help raise $1 million.

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New Zealand's World Cup-winning coaches are in demand, with Wayne Smith helping oversee a southern hemisphere team in a major charity match at Twickenham next month.

Graham Henry and Steve Hansen will be in charge of the British Barbarians for their match with Australia on November 26.

A week later, Smith will team with former Springboks and Italy coach Nick Mallett for the Heroes Rugby Challenge, a fundraiser for injured war veterans, which will also be played at rugby's headquarters in London.

The aim is to raise 1 million to help fund an army recovery unit in England. Some of the money will also be filtered to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

The match will involve past and present stars from both sides of the equator.

World Cup-winning All Black Adam Thomson has been confirmed. Former All Black Jerry Collins and ex-Wallaby George Smith will also play, as will Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo, who is still on the Chiefs' books.

Smith is taking lock Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) and midfielder Jackson Willison (Chiefs) with him.

He is hopeful some Barbarians players will stay on and believes the team could be boosted by some Australian players not wanted for the Wallabies test with Wales in Cardiff on the same day.

Former Irish internationals Malcolm O'Kelly and Alan Quinlan join England's Danny Grewcock, Will Greenwood and Josh Lewsey, along with Kenny Logan (Scotland) and Serge Betsen (France), in the northern hemisphere team.

Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick will manage the southern side, with Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Leonard and Ieuan Evans managing a northern squad to be coached by former Gloucester boss and England No8 Dean Ryan.

Smith will return to New Zealand after the match so he can start planning for his next coaching assignment as an assistant with the Chiefs.

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