Barrett: ‘All Blacks thrive on this pressure’

Date published: October 14 2015

New Zealand back Beauden Barrett has described the pressure that will come with this weekend's quarter-final as something the side thrive on.

The All Blacks are gunning to become the first side to win three Rugby World Cup titles, defending their status as world champions in the process.

"It is all on the line now, it is do or die," Barrett said.

"It is why we play the game, to test ourselves and put ourselves under pressure. As All Blacks we thrive on it, so we’re looking forward to it."

Speaking about the position of the squad going into a massive game, Barrett said there was a sense of excitement within the camp.

France have proved a difficult opponent for New Zealand in World Cups in the past, and the All Blacks only won the 2011 final by a single point in a close contest at Eden Park.

"We are exactly where we wanted to be, in the quarter-finals. We are all really excited to play France in the Millennium Stadium," he said.

"That is what we play for, these knock-out games, so really looking forward to the quarter-final this week.

Barrett added: "The French on their day can tap anyone over. I think we have to focus on ourselves firstly. It is about our desire, what we bring in to the game on Saturday.

"At this stage it is all about excitement and it is about us getting our game right. Come Saturday, we are humming."