Beauden Barrett Rugby news: New Zealand make 11 changes ahead of clash with Canada at World Cup

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Beauden Barrett New Zealand make 11 changes ahead of clash with Canada at World Cup but dual playmakers Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett retain places

  • World Cup favourites New Zealand take on Canada on Wednesday in Japan 
  • Steve Hansen wants to look at Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett’s partnership
  • He is desperate not to underestimate Canada but they have a tough task 

By Press Association Reporter

Published:06:40 EDT, 1 October 2019|Updated:06:50 EDT, 1 October 2019

World Cup favourites New Zealand have made 11 changes for their Pool B game against Canada at Oita Stadium on Wednesday but there is no rest for dual playmakers Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett.

Winger Rieko Ioane, at 22 the youngest member of the All Blacks squad, is among the fringe players getting a run-out but coach Steve Hansen is keen to take another long look at fly-half Mo’unga’s partnership with full-back Barrett.

‘I just wanted to give them more time together,’ said Hansen, whose side are aiming to make it 16 World Cup wins in a row. ‘I think it’s important. They haven’t had a lot of Test matches together so they just need some more time.

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