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Utility back Jordie Barrett was told on Thursday that he would make his first appearance at flyhalf for the All Blacks against Namibia in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool B clash in Tokyo, with his first training run there on Friday, coach Steve Hansen said.
Barrett was one of 12 changes made by Hansen for the clash with Namibia as the team faced its first short turnaround of the World Cup, having played Canada in Oita on Wednesday.
Brodie Retallick also returned from a dislocated shoulder to rejoin locking partner Sam Whitelock, who will captain the side in the absence of the rested Kieran Read.
Barrett’s selection at flyhalf, however, was not a major surprise, given Hansen said prior to the tournament there was a likelihood that his utility backs coul
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