Owen Farrell Rugby World Cup: How Beauden Barrett and the 2011 under 20s will decide Cup

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There are good years, there are outstanding years and then there is 2011.

Eight years ago something very special was happening with the New Zealand under-20 team at the Junior World Championship in Italy.

Owen Farrell Beauden Barrett evades England's Owen Farrell in the Junior World Championship final of 2011 in Padova, Italy.


Beauden Barrett evades England’s Owen Farrell in the Junior World Championship final of 2011 in Padova, Italy.

In the final game against England, Beauden Barrett played at fullback and was just one of 10 players in the starting XV who went on to play for the All Blacks.

That’s not all: future England international Brad Shields started at No 6, 2018 Welsh grand slam winner Gareth Anscombe wore the No 10 jersey, and Chiefs cult hero and Tonga prop Ben Tameifuna was the tighthead prop.

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This year’s Rugby World Cup is going to be shaped by the young men who all came through at the same time.

Let’s go through the other future All Blacks in that New Zealand side to fully gain an appreciation of how good it was.

Codie Taylor, Steven Luatua, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Luke Whitelock, TJ Perenara, Charles Piutau, Lima Sopoaga and Francis Saili.

The only two from the starting XV who did not go on to play te

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