Beauden Barrett Barrett takes one for the team

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But the All Blacks coach didn’t want to reveal all his secrets.

Beauden Barrett is refusing to kick stones over what some will see as a demotion back to fullback.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has stuck with the plan – that produced patchy results in the All Blacks 16-16 draw with South Africa last month – of Richie Mo’unga at first five-eighth and Barrett at the back.

Barrett was non-committal in Perth on Thursday when asked if he was preparing to wear the No 15 jersey at the Rugby World Cup but Hansen’s decision to name Mo’unga at first-five for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies surely offers a giant hint as to what is likely in Japan.

Beauden Barrett Beauden Barrett is optimistic his combination with Richie Mounga will be improved in Perth.


Beauden Barrett is optimistic his combination with Richie Mounga will be improved in Perth.

Barrett, considered the best player on the planet at the World Rugby Awards in 2016 and 2017, has widely been accepted as the best N. 10 in world rugby since taking over as All Blacks first-five from Dan Carter after the 2015 World Cup.

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Recognised as one of the most glamorous and highest-paid positions anywhere in the global professional game, the All Blacks No 10 job also comes with huge expectations.


The All Blacks team to face Australia in Perth in the first of two Bledisloe Cup matches.

Barrett was seemingly untouchable, until the most polarising positional debate in the last decade reared its head. Barrett v Mo’unga.

But if Barrett’s ego has taken a blow, he’s doing a reasonable job of toeing the company line.


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