Barrett back at flyhalf

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November 18, 2016
Barrett back at flyhalf

BEST IN THE WORLD: No.10 Barrett

Locks Whitelock and Retallick are back and ready for action.

New Zealand have beefed up their pack as they look to avoid another defeat to a fired-up Ireland side in Dublin tomorrow.

The world champions saw their record run of 18 wins shattered by Joe Schmidt’s manne in Chicago two weeks ago.

And coach Steven Hansen has recalled first-choice locks Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick to make sure his scrum is not overpowered again.

Both missed the 40-29 loss, where their presence in contact and the lineout was sorely missed as Ireland recorded their first win over the All Blacks in 111 years.

And there is more firepower at flyhalf too as World Player of the Year, Beauden Barrett, returns to the number 10 jersey.

Hansen says: “As expected, there is huge excitement and anticipation within our squad ahead of this weekend’s Test against the Irish.

“While there was obvious disappointment at the loss in Chicago, disappointment doesn’t win Test matches – it’s about having great preparation and attitude, and delivering on the day.

“We know the challenge we face from Ireland will again be massive and…they’ll be full of confidence and committed…”

Saturday’s Internationals

  • Italy v South Africa (4pm)
  • England v Fiji (5:30pm)
  • Wales v Japan (5.30pm)
  • Tonga v USA (5pm)
  • Scotland v Argentina (7pm)
  • France v Australia (10pm)

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