Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup 2019: Beauden Barrett backed to lead the way for New Zealand after shining in win over South Africa

Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup 2019: Beauden Barrett backed to lead the way for New Zealand after shining in win over South Africa

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Beauden Barrett has been backed to boss New Zealand’s latest bid for World Cup history in Japan.

Barrett switched from fly-half to full-back for the All Blacks’ 23-13 victory over South Africa in Yokohama, a win that tees up the Kiwis to top Pool B.

The 28-year-old offers New Zealand an extra playmaking dimension from the depth of the backline, with Richie Mo’unga at 10 and the versatile Ryan Crotty at 12.

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Barrett’s sheer pace and controlling guile helped steer New Zealand home, leaving assistant coach Ian Foster to wax lyrical on the accomplished Blues star.

Back in 2015 Barrett played second fiddle to Dan Carter, stepping off the bench in the big games. This time around he can be the main attraction, and Foster believes he can thrive amid top billing – and underpin New Zealand’s drive for a record third-straight World Cup crown.

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Asked if he thinks Barrett is ready to own this World Cup, Foster replied: “Yes I do.

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