Five ABs in best team

The Northern Advocate - - Sport -

RUGBY: Five All Blacks have been se­lected in the Rugby World 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.

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