Beauden Barrett Wallabies ‘knew’ All Blacks’ secret World Cup plan two years ago

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The Wallabies have revealed that former All Blacks assistant coach Mick Byrne, now with the Australians, predicted two years ago that Beauden Barrett would start at fullback during the big World Cup games.

As the countdown to the first Bledisloe Cup test in Perth continues, the home side has not been shy about commenting on the All Blacks’ decision to have two playmakers in Barrett and Richie Mo’unga on at the start, a selection first seen in the recent drawn test against the Springboks in Wellington and predicted to remain at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Skipper Michael Hooper yesterday said that Steve Hansen’s men “pose some different threats” and today utility back Dane Haylett-Petty turned the scrutiny up slightly higher when revealing Byrne’s prediction.

“I think they probably need to give it a go,” Haylett-Petty said. “You don’t want to be testing it too much [at the World Cup] – I know they have a big pool game against South Africa. Interestingly enough, probably two years ago

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