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All Blacks: Barrett Gets The Nod For Wallabies Clash

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks passes the ball during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at North Sydney Oval on August 18, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Hurricanes’ Beauden Barrett has been named at fly-half for the All Blacks’ championship opener against the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

Barrett will be looking to carry on his sparkling Super Rugby form, which helped the Hurricanes to a first ever Super Rugby title.

There are no real surprises in Steve Hansen’s match day 23, with the world champions boasting plenty of experience in the form of more than 800 caps.

The only uncapped player in the 23 is Chiefs prop Kane Hames who recently came into the squad in place of the injured Joe Moody. The 26-year-old Tasman is expected to gain his first cap off the bench, and in doing so would become the 1152 player to pull on the silver fern.

Steve Hansen’s men will look to get their Rugby Championship campaign off to a flying start as they seek to regain the crown, which they lost to their bitter rivals last year.

Hansen had this to say about his selections, Saturday’s clash and the competition in general to

“The selectors are very happy with the 23 selected for this Test match and we’re looking forward to seeing them play.

“This Test match will be another stepping stone in the re-establishment of this group on the international stage and we know that Australia will throw everything at us, which is what Test rugby is all about. With more than 800 Test caps of experience in our match day 23, I’m confident we have the experience to deal with the challenge.

“We’re all really excited about this first Investec Rugby Championship Test match. It’s against one of our most respected rivals and the Championship itself is one of the best competitions in the world. It produces an exciting brand of rugby and world-class players, which both teams have.”

The All Blacks’ match day 23:

1. Wyatt Crockett (48)
2. Nathan Harris (4)
3. Owen Franks (80)
4. Brodie Retallick (50)
5. Samuel Whitelock (75)
6. Jerome Kaino (69)
7. Sam Cane (34)
8. Kieran Read – captain (87)
9. Aaron Smith (50)
10. Beauden Barrett (39)
11. Waisake Naholo (6)
12. Ryan Crotty (18)
13. Malakai Fekitoa (15)
14. Ben Smith (51)
15. Israel Dagg (51)

16. Codie Taylor (5)
17. Kane Hames
18. Charlie Faumuina (36)
19. Liam Squire (1)
20. Ardie Savea (2)
21. TJ Perenara (19)
22. Aaron Cruden (39)
23. Julian Savea (43)

Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.