Barretts line up for All Blacks in Perth


By Ben McKay – AAP

The All Blacks have made five changes to their Bledisloe Cup-winning line-up for the third Test at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Sunday.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has swung the changes to New Zealand’s Bledisloe Cup-winning side, starting three Barrett brothers for the third trans-Tasman Test on Sunday.

Lock Scott Barrett replaces Samuel Whitelock in the only change to the All Blacks forward line for the Perth match.

It’s all change among the backs, with Jordie Barrett at fullback and Beauden Barrett as the starting No.10.

Only Ardie Savea, captaining the All Blacks in Whitelock’s absence, David Havili and Will Jordan will start in the same backline roles from the second Bledisloe Cup Test.

In addition to the Barretts, Brad Weber and Anton Lienert-Brown have squeezed into the line-up as part of five changes to the All Blacks side.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe for the 19th straight year last month with a pair of victories at Auckland’s Eden Park.

Sunday’s Test at Perth’s Optus Stadium will count as part of the Rugby Championship, which will then conclude in Queensland.


IMAGE: New Zealand’s Jordie Barrett, left, Beauden Barrett, and Scott Barrett, right, embrace ahead of second Bledisloe Rugby test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. PICTURE: AP Photo/Mark Baker

This article was first published on 4 September 2021.

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