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The All Blacks team to play Ireland in the Rugby World Cup Quarterfinal match at Tokyo Stadium.
He might be the third-stringer but Jordie Barrett’s ability to kick long range penalties has won him a spot on the All Blacks bench.
Steve Hansen and his fellow selectors have opted for the youth of Barrett over the experience of Ben Smith for outside back cover on the bench for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland.
Despite the value of Smith’s 83 tests of experience, he will watch the knockout match from the stands.
Hansen has revealed the major reason for Barrett’s inclusion on the bench was his ability to come on and knock over clutch goals and drop goals.
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“His extra strength is he is a big-goal kicker… he can kick goals from inside his own half and he can dropkick goals from inside his own half … those are the things you have to take into account when you are playing a big game,” Hansen said shortly after the team naming on Thursday.
Richie Mo’unga, who has been named at first-five eighth, will be the first choice goal kicker with Beauden Barrett – named at fullback – as a backup option.
Smith, who made his All Blacks debut against Ital
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