Barrett triple treat in All Blacks squad

International
by Sam Phillips

A Barrett triple treat headlines the All Blacks squad that will face the Lions, with Jordie joining brothers Beauden and Scott on Steve Hansen's 33-man roster.

Hansen tipped his hand when Jordie wasn't selected for the New Zealand U20s side currently playing in Georgia and given his scintillating form, this nod comes as little surprise.

Being picked in the squad and earning a spot in the 23 is an entirely different matter, though, as he will be competing with Ben Smith for the starting fullback gig and has plenty of competition from boht inside and outside backs for a spot on the bench.

Jordie Barrett joins his brothers in the All Blacks squad. Photo: Getty ImagesThe only other potential debutant named is Ngani Laumape, who has had a breakout year for the Hurricanes.

He has been named in the centres alongside Ryan Crotty, Anton Leinert-Brown and Sonny Bill Williams.

Damian McKenzie hasn't been named and neither have Steven Luatau and Malakai Fekitoa.Ngani Laumape has plenty of competition for a spot in the centres. Photo: Getty ImagesThat trio can all consider themselves unlucky but to have players of that quality watching on from home shows how much depth Hansen has at his disposal.

SQUAD

Hookers

Dane Coles (Wellington, 49)

Codie Taylor (Canterbury, 15)

Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty, 4)

Props

Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 58)

Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 46)

Owen Franks (Canterbury, 90)

Joe Moody (Canterbury, 24)

Ofa Tu'ungafasi (Auckland, 4)

Locks

Scott Barrett (Taranaki, 4)

Brodie Retallick (Hawke's Bay, 60)

Luke Romano (Canterbury, 26)

Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 84)

Loose Forwards

Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 40)

Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 74)

Kieran Read, captain (Counties Manukau, 97)

Ardie Savea (Wellington, 12)

Liam Squire (Tasman, 8)

Halfbacks

Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato, 25)

TJ Perenara (Wellington, 29)

Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 58)

Flyhalfs

Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 49)

Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, 47)

Lima Sopoaga (Southland, 6)

Centres

Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 26)

Ngani Laumape (Manawatu, uncapped)

Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato, 9)

Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 33)

Outside backs

Jordie Barrett (Taranaki, uncapped)

Israel Dagg (Hawke's Bay, 61)

Rieko Ioane (Auckland, 2)

Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, 12)

Julian Savea (Wellington, 52)

Ben Smith (Otago, 60)

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