Five ABs in best team
RUGBY: Five All Blacks have been selected in the
magazine’s team of the year. Curiously, Beauden Barrett was picked at fullback despite not starting a single test there at all this year — although he did finish some tests in that position. Joining Barrett are All Black teammates Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane on the wings, Brodie Retallick at lock and captain Kieran Read at No 8. After winning two World Rugby player of the year awards in a row, Barrett lost out this year to Ireland first five Johnny Sexton who was picked at No 10 in the magazine’s team.