Five ABs in World XV
Beauden Barrett has been picked at fullback among five All Blacks selected in the Rugby
World magazine’s best team of 2018. Joining the All Blacks playmaker are Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane on the right and left wings respectively, with skipper Kieran Read at No 8 and Brodie Retallick at lock. New Zealanders make up a third of the team despite the All Blacks finishing the year with some unconvincing performances on their northern tour, including their 16-9 defeat to Ireland and the fortunate 16-15 win against England.