The Hurricanes have six members in the All Blacks squad for Saturday’s test against the Wallabies.
Hurricanes TJ Perenara and Ardie Saviea will take the field against the Wallabies on Saturday.
by Luke Jackson
Hurricane’s First Five Beauden Barrett is returning to head coach Steve Hansen’s 33-strong squad to don the No. 10 Jersey against Australia next Saturday.
Barrett will be joined by his brother Jordie on the wing, TJ Perenara as starting half back, loose forwards Ardie Savea and Liam Squire, and hooker Dane Coles returning from injury.
Beauden Barrett’s return has ended the debate that Crusader Richie Mo’unga would be replacing him as starting fly half. In response, Hansen said, “We’ve got a player in Beauden who has been the world’s best player the last two years. So we won’t be in any rush to shift him,”
While not included in the main 33, Ngani Laumape, Hurricane’s Player of the Year two years running, has been brought on as injury cover for Sonny Bill Williams.
Hansen assured media “We’ve got a plan for Ngani. We want him to spend some time with a little bit less pressure, working on his ability to help his first-five control the game.”
“There are some very good players who have not made the squad. However, as we’ve seen in previous campaigns, a number of these players will get an opportunity through injury, just like Liam and Ngani already.”
Hooker Liam Coltman was named as injury cover for Dane Coles.
Vaea Fifita, Wellington’s loose forward who has made seven test appearances for the All Blacks since his debut last year, was a notable omission from the selection. Hansen partly credits this to decision to him “playing out of position in lock” for the Hurricanes when he is better suited at No 6.
The players will return to the field to face South Africa at Westpac Stadium on Saturday 15 September.