FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup 2019 – Quarter Finals – New Zealand v Ireland – Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – October 19, 2019 New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett celebrates his third attempt REUTERS / Issei Kato // FILE PHOTO
Flyhalf Beauden Barrett has taken back the number 10 New Zealand jersey for his 100th test against Wales on Saturday as a tribute to the two-time world player of the year.
Barrett, who fought Richie Mo’unga, to play in his favorite position deserves the chance to celebrate his milestone game in front of a sold out crowd at Millennium Stadium, said All Blacks coach Ian Foster.
“He’s been leading this team for the past few months, so we were Feels he deserves the opportunity. It is clearly his 100th Test.
“He’s in a really good place to celebrate this with a game that means a lot to him. It’s a big event and he’s at his best, so we’re very happy with this selection. “
The 30-year-old who was once a fixture at the age of 10 had to go in due to the rise of the brilliant Mo’unga have been fighting tooth and nail for his chances in recent years.
Barrett was transferred to full-back during their 2019 World Cup title defense under Steve Hansen, but the double playmaker trick failed when the All Blacks bowed in the semifinals.
He’s been reduced to a bench role for much of the past two seasons, a humiliating demotion for a player who would be the first choice on virtually any other international team.
But Barrett has shown nothing but class in all of this and never missed praising Mo’unga in public for encouraging him to keep pushing.
“What I love about him is that he’s the team first and then himself prepared yourself. He’s very selfless. “
Canterbury Crusader Mo’unga, who missed most of the rugby championship because of the birth of his second child, directed traffic at the 104-14 hammering of the United States’ All Blacks in last week Washington back.
But he’ll run off the bench on Saturday as the All Blacks, under Sam Whitelock captain, want to avoid their first loss to Wales since 1953.
Barrett will be his brother Jordie on his special day as Full-backs, but his other brother Scott, the All Blacks Lock, stayed home in New Zealand to await the birth of his baby.
After Foster rested the players for the test in the US, he has them brought back most of its big guns by commemorating Lock Brodie Retallick and naming a mighty front row from Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Nepo Laulala.
Ardie Savea is back in eighth, while Scrumhalf TJ Perenara and the Center DavidHavili and Anton Lienert-Brown were also called back.
Team: 15-Jordie Barrett, 14-Will Jordan, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 12-David Havili, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Beauden Barrett, 9- TJ Perenara, 8-Ardie Savea, 7-Dalton Papalii, 6 -Ethan Blackadder, 5-Sam Whitelock (Capt), 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Nepo Laulala, 2-Codie Taylor, 1-Joe Moody
replacement : 16-Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17-Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18-Tyrel Lomax, 19-Tupou Vaa’i, 20-Akira Ioane, 21-Brad Weber, 22-Richie Mo’unga, 23-Sevu Reece.
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