All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has raised the idea that Scott Barrett is selected as the No. 6 World Cup specialist. A public debate on whether Barrett, who went into the scrum during the Chiefs’ defeat at Suva on Saturday against the Crusaders, would better serve his country.
Hansen remains unconvinced, he is well aware of these conversations but says that All Black’s pickers are unlikely to be swayed by the idea that Barrett is primarily a lock. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy the most exciting rugby matches.
Although test # 6, Liam Squire should finally make his first appearance of the season for the Highlanders against the Bulls this weekend. That’s why he ignored the “All Blacks’ founding day for players based at South Island in Christchurch on Monday, it’s hard to separate the group of hunters at Super Rugby.
Barrett, who has made blind appearances against England and South Africa in recent seasons, would be a popular choice if the selectors chose to start in the rugby championship. But it seems that it will not happen, Hansen still believes he is best placed to graft himself into the dark of the fray.
The match in Twickenham against England was remarkable and the match in North Harbor against South Africa, which was faster but against a big bunch, it was exceptional.
Squire had a nightmarish season with injuries to his hip and knee. If the Highlanders do not play in the playoffs, it will be limited to a maximum of two matches in Super Rugby before the Rugby Championship.
In 2015, the All Blacks named only three specialized locks Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Luke Romano on the World Cup team.
Hansen said that Barrett could still cover the lock and number 6, although the selectors wanted only three secondary rowers.
“He can still be a swingman, even if you take three locks one of the key things we need to solve if we take four or three.”
The coach hailed the return of his opponent Sam Cane, who was outstanding in the 40-27 win over the Crusaders and completely recovered from his broken neck. However, he said there was a chance that Savea could pack his suitcase at No 8 while Cane stayed in the open.
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