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.

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