Versatile Jordie no fly by night for All Blacks
NEW Zealand coach Steve Hansen was full of praise for Jordie Barrett’s performance at fly-half in the 71-9 victory over Namibia.
Barrett has played the majority of his international career at full-back or on the wing but made his first appearance at No.10 in Tokyo. He responded by scoring a try and kicking eight conversions. Hansen said: ‘I was really pleased, [he] played very, very well.
‘To be third-choice first-five (fly-half), and our two superstar first-fives not playing — he got us round the back well. We ended up scoring 11 tries, so there’s a lot to like about it.’
New Zealand 71-9 Namibia
France 23-21 Tonga
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