Bar­rett starts against Wal­la­bies

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Syd­ney: Beau­den Bar­rett will start at first­five eighth for New Zealand in the first game of the Rugby Cham­pi­onship against Aus­tralia to­mor­row. 27-year-old Tas­man and Chiefs prop Kane Hames came into the All Blacks squad as an in­jury re­place­ment for Joe Moody and will be­come the sixth new All Black of 2016 and All Black num­ber 1152 if he takes the field, as ex­pected, off the bench on Satur­day. All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said: “The se­lec­tors are very happy with the 23 se­lected for this Test match and we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing them play. This Test match will be an­other step­ping stone in the re-es­tab­lish­ment of this group on the in­ter­na­tional stage and we know that Aus­tralia will throw every­thing at us, which is what Test rugby is all about. With more than 800 Test caps of ex­pe­ri­ence in our match­day 23, I’m con­fi­dent we have the ex­pe­ri­ence to deal with the chal­lenge.” NZ: 15 Is­rael Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Malakai Fek­i­toa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Waisake Na­holo, 10 Beau­den Bar­rett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam White­lock, 4 Brodie Re­tal­lick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Nathan Har­ris, 1 Wy­att Crock­ett

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