WELCOME BACK BEAUDEN – WE MISSED YOU

One of the best things to come out of the last round of Pacific Super Rugby was the return to form of two-times World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett.

BEAUDEN BARRETT - SHOWING SOME FORM AT THE RIGHT TIME

He ran the show expertly from first-five as the Blues finally realised kicking the hide off the ball was an utter waste of time and keeping the ball in hand with all their game breakers was a far better option. For the first time in a long time Barrett ran at the line, manipulated players into space, goal-kicked very well and just looked back to his old magnificent self which is a huge boost to the All Blacks chances at the World Cup in September.

Former Marlborough and King Country loose-forward Greg Brimble and myself (John Alexander) discuss Barrett and the Blues improved form as well as trying to figure out what coach Ian Foster and his selectors will come up with as far as locks and loose-forwards go for the World Cup.

One thing is certain they have a rich talent pool to choose from and there will be more than a couple of quality players  miss the cut.

TAMAITI WILLIAMS - IN WITH A BIG CHANCE

Teams being forced to leave out All Blacks due to rest protocols is certainly doing nothing to enhance a competition which needs all the help it can get and it certainly backfired on the Brumbies and Hurricanes over the weekend.

Both Greg and I both think the Crusaders are typically building towards their ominous best leading into the business end of the season but the loss of three All Blacks props with season ending injuries could hurt them, George Bower, Joe Moody and Fletcher Newell all ruled out although Newell will be available and hopefully Joe Moody as well for the All Blacks campaign.

We reckon Crusaders monster prop Tamaiti Williams could be a bolter in the World Cup squad. At 1.96m and weighing in at around 140kgs with the ability to play both sides of the scrum and his amazing work-rate around the field, the 22 year-old surely must be on the selectors radar.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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