He Saturday at 11:50 pm, with live broadcast from ESPN and ESPN Play, the first game between the All Blacks and Wallabies by Bledisloe Cup. The head coach Ian Foster explained the reasons why he chose Richie Mo’unga as starter, Beauden Barrett as fullback and his brother Jordie as wing, to face the duel at Sky Stadium in Wellington.
Foster’s first selection as head coach surprised some by choosing Beauden Barrett with number 15 ahead of his brother Jordie Barrett.
Foster admitted that Jordie Barrett is the best fullback in the country right now, but felt that the All Blacks needed to retain the Richie Mo’unga-Beauden Barrett combination for your initial test of the season.
“With this new team, having two great decision makers will help us get around the court. He’s a pick for this event,” Foster said of the Mo’unga-Barrett combo.
Beauden still wants to play 10, but we also know how influential he can be as 15. Probably the best 15 in the country has been Jordie. I think they found it in the background anyway. We feel like we get the best of both worlds. ‘
Foster also discussed the decision to play with Rieko Ioane as center beside Jack goodhue instead of associating the latter with Anton Lienert-Brown.
“We felt like he could play center, but we didn’t know how fast he was going to be,” explained Foster. “He has worked very well during the Blues season and has committed to it. We still like him as a wing, but he’s made such a compelling case that he’s changed his mind, so good for him. “
“That was one of our toughest picks to be honest, the center. We have great faith in Anton, we know he can do a great job, but it is a reward for Rieko’s form. He’s confident, he runs fast. “