20 Year old Jordie Barrett could make only his second test appearance in final test

It looks like Steve Hansen is bringing in Jordie Barrett at full back for third test this weekend.

With the series balanced at 1-1 the Lions will face the All Blacks in Eden Park this coming Saturday in what promises to be a huge battle. New Zealand haven’t lost in eden park since 1994 so it will be a very tough ask for the Lions.

It has been proven throughout this tour that squad depth is essential if you want to be successful at this level. The Lions have experimented with a number of different starting XV’s and combinations due to injury and performance. While often criticised, the changes made by Gatland in the second test proved vital in the historic win.

But there is one caveat, New Zealand played almost 60 minutes of the game with 14 men – courtesy of Sonny Bill Williams getting a red card – and still only finished 3 points off the Lions.

Steve Hansen again will be forced into changes, and today it has come out that younger brother of Beauden Barrett, Jordie, could be in line to start at full back in only his second international appearance, his first coming this summer in the huge victory over Samoa.

This change will more than likely see Israel Dagg move to the wing with the Highlanders winger, Waisake Naholo, dropping from the team.

This surprise selection comes during a season where Jordie Barrett has excelled brilliantly as a player for both the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and with New Zealand too but very few people would have seen such a shock like this in such an important test match for both sides.

Hansen will name his starting XV AT 6pm tonight while Gatland will name his 2 hours later at 8pm.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Six Internationals back for Munster ahead of final home URC game while three return from injury

Jack Crowley is one of six players returning from international duty with Mike Haley one of three players ...
Read More

Ireland secure Grand Slam with a bonus point victory over England in Dublin

It is a first-ever Grand Slam success won on home soil and just the fourth overall in Ireland's ...
Read More

Hayes penalty wins Munster Senior Cup treble for Young Munster

Young Munster 27 Nenagh Ormond 24 By Tom Clancy at Thomond Park Young Munster sealed a hat-trick of ...
Read More

Peter O’Mahony Munster’s sole starter in Ireland’s Grand Slam bid

Peter O'Mahony is Munster's sole starter in the side seeking a Grand Slam with Conor Murray dropping to ...
Read More

Munster confirm contract extensions for duo as another departs the province

Hurley will join the previously confirmed Patrick Campbell in progressing from the Academy to the senior squad ahead ...
Read More

Munster Rugby unveil Limerick Centre of Excellence plans

The province is already progressing with a Centre of Excellence in Musgrave Park with work to commence later ...
Read More

Ringrose and Henderson ruled out for England clash with doubts over Sheehan, Kelleher and Doris

There have been a pair of players drafted into the squad for the final round game after a ...
Read More

HIGHLIGHTS | Ireland outlast Scotland in titanic Six Nations clash

Ireland can secure a first-ever Grand Slam in Dublin this Saturday when they welcome England to the Aviva. ...
Read More