New Zealand: Jordie Barrett’s move to inside centre piques All Blacks coach Ian Foster’s interest

Dylan Coetzee
All Blacks Jordie Barret

Hurricanes star Jordie Barrett moved back to inside centre against the Chiefs raising suggestions his role for the All Blacks might shift as well.

The All Blacks full-back was in superb form in his return to the midfield for the Hurricanes despite their 30-29 defeat to the Chiefs in Round Seven of Super Rugby Pacific.

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It was the first time he has played in the number 12 jersey since the 2019 Super Rugby season but was so impressive he was picked to play there again against the Crusaders.

Barrett has proven he is capable of playing anywhere in the backline but his move to inside centre is especially pertinent given that was his main position early on in his career.

The move has even given rise to suggestions that the plan might be for him to switch to inside centre for the All Blacks as well even though he shone at full-back at international level last year.

However, while New Zealand head coach Ian Foster admits watching Barrett at inside centre again has made for interesting viewing, it has no impact on his plans for the All Blacks.

“Has it piqued my interest? I’m always interested in what teams are doing. Jordie and I have spoken about it,” Foster told the New Zealand Herald.

“If it’s the right thing for the team we understand that but it probably doesn’t change our plans too much.

“He goal-kicked so well, his high-ball stuff is very good. He’s got a strong kicking game and they were things he was able to exhibit through the year.

“Particularly when you get to the Northern Hemisphere style you have to have the ability to deal with that high ball and make sure you’ve got a strong kicking game in your back three.

“He ticked those boxes. He wasn’t at his best against France but the rest of the tour I thought he was one of our success stories.”

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