Monday 18 December 2017

Steve Hansen rolls the dice for third Lions test with three changes to All Blacks backline

Jordie Barrett (centre) will win his second international cap this weekend.
Jordie Barrett (centre) will win his second international cap this weekend. Newsdesk Newsdesk

20-year-old Jordie Barrett will start at fullback for the All Blacks in this Saturday's third test against the Lions.

Steve Hansen sprung the surprise selection after wing Waisake Naholo struggled to train this week following his injury in last Saturday's game in Wellington. Israel Dagg moves to the wing, with Barrett - whose brothers Beauden (out-half) and Scott (replacement second row) are also part of the matchday squad - getting the nod at 15.

The youngster only made his international debut off the bench against Samoa in the warm-up match before the test series, with Barrett also seeing action for the Hurricanes against the Lions in the final midweek test.

Jordie Barrett is one of three changes to the starting team, with Ngani Laumape also making his first start at inside centre in the place of suspended Sonny Bill Williams, while prolific try-scoring wing Julian Savea comes into the side at the expense of Rieko Ioane, who scored a brace in the first test.

There is one change to the bench, with centre Malakai Fekitoa grabbing the outside back's slot with the promotion of Laumape.

All Blacks

1. Joe Moody (27)

2. Codie Taylor (18)

3. Owen Franks (93)

4. Brodie Retallick (63)

5. Samuel Whitelock (87)

6. Jerome Kaino (80)

7. Sam Cane (43)

8. Kieran Read (99) - Captain

9. Aaron Smith (61)

10. Beauden Barrett (52)

11. Julian Savea (53)

12. Ngani Laumape (1)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (12)

14. Israel Dagg (64)

15. Jordie Barrett (1)


16. Nathan Harris (7)

17. Wyatt Crockett (61)

18. Charlie Faumuina (49)

19. Scott Barrett (7)

20. Ardie Savea (15)

21. TJ Perenara (32)

22. Aaron Cruden (49)

23. Malakai Fekitoa (23)

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