Dual playmakers continue as all three Barretts to start for NZ

Dual playmakers continue as all three Barretts to start for NZ

Dual playmakers continue as all three Barretts to start for NZ

Written by Reuters

30 Sep, 2019 | 6:32 pm

Reuters – Beauden Barrett will start at fullback for New Zealand, alongside brothers Jordie and Scott, against Canada in Oita ,coach Steve Hansen announced on Monday (September 30) as he continues to develop his dual playmaker role with Richie Mo’unga.

The Barretts will become the first trio of brothers to appear for the All Blacks in a World Cup match and first trio of brothers to start a World Cup game since Elisi, Manu and Fe’ao Vunipola represented Tonga against Scotland in 1995.

The speed at which Japan attacked Ireland would be hard to live with by any team and the All Blacks would need to learn how to combat their style of play if they meet in the quarter-finals, Hansen also said.

Japan caused an upset on the same proportions as their win over the Springboks four years ago when they defeated Ireland 19-12 in Shizuoka on Saturday to turn the tournament on its head.

The match could have repercussions for the All Blacks, who could potentially face the hosts in the quarter-finals and while Hansen said he was only focussing on their Pool B game against Canada on Wednesday, he was still impressed by Japan’s win.

Hansen, who is stepping down after the tournament after 16 years with the team as an assistant and head coach, added that Japan coach Jamie Joseph could potentially take control of the All Blacks one day.

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