Barrett bolters: Three brothers named for All Blacks tour

One of New Zealand's most prominent rugby families has reached a new landmark.

Beauden Barrett will be joined by his Canterbury-based brothers Scott and Jordie for the All Blacks' end-of-year tour to the USA and Europe.

He took to twitter to congratulate his brothers.


Scott, a lock, has been named as injury cover for Sam Whitelock who is out injured for a minimum of three weeks with an ankle sprain, while Brodie Retallick has to pass a concussion test, with Vaea Fifita on standby. A decision on whether Fifita joins the squad will be made this week when Retallick undergoes concussion protocols.

Jordie, a versatile back, has been picked as an apprentice for the tour.

"We think it has huge benefits for a young player. Jordie will get all the experiences of touring and being part of the All Blacks group without the pressures of having to perform on the park. He is an outstanding prospect and has a big future in the game," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

The trio were announced in an extended squad to play games against Italy, France and two clashes with Ireland.

The squad also features the selection of 19-year-old Auckland outside back Rieko Ioane, and sees the return to the All Blacks squad of his Auckland teammate, 25-year-old loose forward Steven Luatua, who played 14 Tests in 2013-2014. Otago hooker Liam Coltman, who has provided injury cover throughout the season, has also been selected in an official squad for the first time.

Several players weren't considered for selection due to injury, including hookers Nathan Harris and James Parsons, midfielders Sonny Bill Williams and Charlie Ngatai and outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder.

All Blacks squad

Forwards:

Hookers
Dane Coles (Wellington, 46)
Codie Taylor (Canterbury, 11)
Liam Coltman (Otago, uncapped)

Props
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 55)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 42)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 87)
Joe Moody (Canterbury, 20)
Ofa Tu'ungafasi (Auckland, 2)

Locks
Brodie Retallick (Hawke's Bay, 57)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 26)
Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland, 10)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 82)

Loose Forwards
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 37)
Elliot Dixon (Southland, 2)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 74)
Steven Luatua (Auckland, 14)
Kieran Read, captain (Canterbury, 94)
Ardie Savea (Wellington, 9)
Liam Squire (Tasman, 6)
Matt Todd (Canterbury, 5)

Backs:

Halfbacks
Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato, 24)
TJ Perenara (Wellington, 26)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 54)

First five-eighths
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 46)
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, 43)
Lima Sopoaga (Southland, 5)

Midfielders
Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 24)
Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland, 20)
Anton Leinert-Brown (Waikato, 5)
George Moala (Auckland, 3)

Outside backs
Israel Dagg (Hawke's Bay, 58)
Rieko Ioane (Auckland, uncapped)
Damian McKenzie (Waikato, 1)
Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, 8)
Julian Savea (Wellington, 49)
Ben Smith (Otago, 58)

Injury replacements: Scott Barrett, Vaea Fifita
Apprentice: Jordie Barrett

- NZ Herald

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