Bar­retts prove three into one does go

Wanganui Chronicle - - Sport Local Classifieds -

JORDIE, Beau­den and Scott Bar­rett will be­come the first trio of brothers to start a test for the All Blacks when they line up to­mor­row in the first of three matches against France at Auck­land’s Eden Park.

Beau­den will take his reg­u­lar place at fly­half, Scott will re­place the in­jured Brodie Re­tal­lick at lock and Jordie will play his third test at full­back in a back­line re­or­gan­ised be­cause of in­juries.

Jordie’s chance comes with the se­lec­tors’ un­ex­pected de­ci­sion to move Ben Smith from his reg­u­lar po­si­tion at full­back to the right wing in place of Waisake Na­holo.

Ryan Crotty and An­ton Lienert-Brown will com­bine in mid­field in a part­ner­ship dic­tated by the ab­sence through in­jury of Sonny Bill Wil­liams.

The pack also in­cludes a pair of brothers. Sam White­lock will cap­tain the team for the sec­ond time from lock while Luke White­lock will make his third test ap­pear­ance at No 8 in place of reg­u­lar cap­tain Kieran Read, who is re­cov­er­ing from back surgery.

Liam Squire will play on the blind­side and Sam Cane, de­spite in­jury con­cerns, has been named on the open­side in one of the weak­est All Blacks back­rows in years.

Un­capped prop Karl Tu’inukuafe has been named on the bench, mark­ing a spec­tac­u­lar rise for a player in his first sea­son of Su­per Rugby.

Tu’inukuafe was only called up by the Chiefs af­ter they were hit by in­juries. He had con­sid­ered quit­ting rugby four years ago when he weighed 170kg and was or­dered by a doc­tor to lose weight.

“He has had a cou­ple of breaks prob­a­bly when you think about what has hap­pened at the Chiefs with their front row­ers, but he has come in and done the job for them,” New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said. “The Chiefs are the No 1 scrum­mag­ing side in Su­per Rugby and Karl is a big part of that so he be­came an ob­vi­ous se­lec­tion when we got down to it.

“It has been a spec­tac­u­lar rise for Karl but his se­lec­tion is well de­served and we look for­ward to watch­ing him play his part on Satur­day night. He and his fam­ily can be very proud about what he is about to achieve.

“It’s also a special night for the Bar­rett fam­ily with Beaudy, Scott and Jordie all start­ing the test match, the first trio of All Blacks brothers to do so, so we con­grat­u­late them on their his­toric mile­stone.”

Jordie Bar­rett’s se­lec­tion comes days af­ter he made head­lines for his behaviour off the field. Po­lice were called when Bar­rett and a friend were found eat­ing ham­burg­ers in the liv­ing room of a stranger’s home in Dunedin at 5am on Sun­day. The in­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter Bar­rett’s Hur­ri­canes played the High­landers in Dunedin and po­lice ac­cepted his ex­pla­na­tion he en­tered the house in the be­lief it be­longed to a friend.

In­juries have given the team a makeshift look and Hansen said the All Blacks would try to keep it sim­ple: “While rugby is a com­pli­cated game, we’ve worked hard at sim­pli­fy­ing those com­plex­i­ties this week so that we can go out and play with real con­fi­dence, high en­ergy and gen­uine in­tent.”

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