Dan Carter certainly has a high opinion of Jordie Barrett.
With just over a week to go until the All Blacks face off against the touring British and Irish Lions, hype is hitting fever-pitch in New Zealand. The World Cup champions are expected to account for Warren Gatland’s charges at home, but have the disadvantage of playing just one warm-up game together before the first test.
That clash takes place this weekend against Samoa, and Steve Hansen has named his side for the showdown against the Pacific Island nation.
One of the most interesting aspects of Hansen’s matchday 23 is the inclusion of Jordie Barrett on the bench.
Younger brother of Beauden, Barrett has been in remarkable form thus far in 2017, and is being widely tipped to make a huge impact for the national side.
One player who knows a thing or two about delivering for the All Blacks is Dan Carter, who wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see the 20-year-old feature against the Lions.
“I think he will get some game time, competing for a position with Ben Smith who is obviously one of our best players.
“I think he’s had a concussion or some injuries so they will be monitoring him but he fully deserves a spot in the All Blacks squad he has played so well and when you’ve got x-factor, players like Waisake Naholo and Julian Savea, you almost want someone that reads the game like your Ben Smiths and your Jordie Barretts.
“He reads the game well, has great game understanding, got all the skills, kick passes, he is fast so it is quite handy having a little player like him.
“There is a lot of competition with Israel Dagg, Ben Smith and others so it’s a great position to be in [from an All Blacks perspective].”
Dan Carter was speaking at the launch of the SoftCo Foundation at a star-studded gala dinner in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club where more than €150,000 was raised for charity and a further €100,000 committed for ongoing Cancer Research.