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Rugby World Cup briefing

Creative spark: Jordie Barrett PICTURE: AP

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.’

Results

POOL B

New Zealand 71-9 Namibia

POOL C

France 23-21 Tonga

■ 2 — Italy players banned for the same incident in Friday’s defeat to South Africa. Props Andrea Lovotti and Nicola Quaglio were suspended for three games for a lifting tackle on Duane Vermeulen