Beauden, Scott and Jordie Barrett are ready to make history when they run out for New Zealand against Canada on Wednesday. The three brothers will become the first sibling trio to start for the All Blacks at a World Cup, while they are the second set of three siblings to play together at the tournament.
Tonga’s Fe’ao, Elisi and Manu Vunipola did just that against Scotland in 1995 and with Beauden and Scott starting the opening 23-13 win over South Africa, Jordie comes in as one of 11 changes for the match in Oita. The trio all faced the British & Irish Lions in 2017 and Scott admits it will be a special moment for their family.
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“I never really thought we’d be here,” said lock Scott. “In the backyard, it would be a joke and you’d say, ‘He’s got to kick to win the World Cup’. “You would create scenarios like that and, you’d sort of joke and now you pinch yourself because we’re here right now.”
Elsewhere and Richie Mo’unga stays at fly-half but has a new centre pairing outside him of Sonny Bill Williams and Jack Goodhue outside him. Upfront, Liam Coltman is named at hooker, while Captain Kieran Read is joined in the back-row by Crusaders team-mate Matt Todd.