Fly-half bond helps Barrett

Date published: November 21 2014

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New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett has got the nod at number ten to face Wales, as the All Blacks hand each option opportunities.

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett has got the nod at number ten to face Wales, as the All Blacks hand each option opportunities.

Barrett, Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Colin Slade are all in contention to make next year’s Rugby World Cup squad, with New Zealand fortunate enough to have real depth in such a crucial position.

Barrett started four Tests in the Rugby Championship at fly-half but has come off the bench in eight of his last 12 Tests at number ten, on the wing and full-back.

Known for his versatility, Barrett said that the friendship between himself and the other fly-halves was a real positive.

“Whoever is picked everyone gets right behind him and it’s whatever is best for the team and they all offer their hand to help,” Barrett told ONE News.

“And especially as fly-halves we all get behind each other and make sure we’re fully prepared for the weekend.

“Obviously I can play other positions but fly-half is my preferred position so it’s a great opportunity for me.

“A lot is being made of Beauden making it ahead of everyone else. We are very fortunate to have got four outstanding fly-halves,” said Hansen.

“One of whom is coming back from injury and probably a bit rusty.”

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