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Jordie Barrett’s performance at first-five for the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup leaves the Hurricanes with plenty to ponder.
It may only have been against Namibia in a game they were never going to lose, but the fact the All Blacks coaches saw fit to hand him the reins speaks to what they thought he was capable of.
And with the Hurricanes entering the post-Beauden Barrett era in 2020, there is a sizeable hole to fill at first-five.
Jordie Barrett can just about pick his spot in the Hurricanes’ backline when he arrives back from his extended All Blacks leave in early January, with centre or fullback likely the spots he’ll be gunning for.
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But Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said seeing him turn out in the All Blacks’ 10 jersey gives them options heading into the new season.
“Jordie has shown the ability to play 10 in Japan, but from talking to the coaches, he’s certainly not in our squad as a 10. He’s in our squad as an outside back who can play several positions.”
“I haven’t had any further conversations with the coaches other than what I just mentioned.
“He’s certainly got some preferences in terms of pos
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