Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup: All Blacks test debut helps Josh Ioane settle his racing mind

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Steve Hansen gave the 24-year-old the seal of approval after his Test debut against Tonga.

All Blacks debutant Josh Ioane admits he had been “all over the show in the mind” about whether he was good enough to wear the black jersey.

So while New Zealand had hardly a thing to fret about in their 92-7 romp against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday, it was more a feeling of relief post-game for the 24-year-old first five-eighth.

Ioane was the sole All Black involved in the fixture who wasn’t part of the 31-man World Cup squad which jets to Japan on Monday, in for the Hamilton week as cover for Richie Mo’unga (shoulder).

Beauden Barrett Josh Ioane enjoyed a good test debut, shining in his 40 minutes against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday.

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Josh Ioane enjoyed a good test debut, shining in his 40 minutes against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday.

There was a false start in the Rugby Championship opener against Argentina in Buenos Aires, where Ioane said being on the bench but not being used was “a tough pill to swallow”, then coach Steve Hansen wasn’t guaranteeing anything for him going into this match either.

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But after replacing Beauden Barrett at halftime at FMG Stadium Waikato, the silky playmaker went on to impress in his first 40 minutes on the international stage, having a hand in several tries, particularly off an accurate right boot, in a confidence-boosting maiden cap.

“I guess without having a game, I was all over the show in the

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