SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks kicks ahead during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Beauden Barrett forced out of All Blacks match-day squad


All Blacks will miss the services of dependable utility back Beauden Barrett after he was forced out of the squad to play against Australia due to a tight Achilles’ tendon.

The playmaker was scheduled to start at fullback with Richie Mo’unga starting at fly-half in the Bledisloe Cup opener slated for Sky Stadium on Sunday at 6:00 East African Time.

The coaches have called in Chiefs fullback Damina Mckenzie to fill his slot at fullback while the rest of the squad remain unchanged

“UPDATE | Beauden Barrett has pulled out of Sunday’s BledisloeCup clash with a tight achilles’ tendon. He will be replaced by Damian McKenzie who will slot in at fullback,” reads a statement by All Blacks.

All Blacks squad 1. Joe Moody (46), 2. Codie Taylor (50), 3. Ofa Tuungafasi (35), 4. Patrick Tuipulotu (30), 5. Samuel Whitelock (117), 6. Shannon Frizell (9), 7. Sam Cane (68) – captain, 8. Ardie Savea (44), 9. Aaron Smith (92), 10. Richie Mo’unga (17), 11. George Bridge (9), 12. Jack Goodhue (13), 13. Rieko Ioane (29), 14. Jordie Barrett (17), 15. Beauden Barrett (83) Damian McKenzie

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Replacements 16. Dane Coles (69), 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (13),  18. Nepo Laulala (26), 19. Tupou Vaa’i – debut, 20. Hoskins Sotutu – debut, 21. TJ Perenara (64), 22. Anton Lienert-Brown (43) 23. Caleb Clarke – debut

Australia: 1.James Slipper, 2.Folau Fainga’a, 3.Taniela Tupou, 4.Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5.Matt Philip, 6.Harry Wilson, 7.Michael Hooper (captain), 8.Pete Samu, 9.Nic White, 10.James O’Connor, 11.Marika Koroibete, 12.Matt To’omua, 13.Hunter Paisami, 14.Filipo Daugunu, 15.Tom Banks.

Substitutes: 16.Jordan Uelese, 17.Scott Sio, 18.Allan Alaalatoa, 19.Rob Simmons, 20.Rob Valetini, 21.Jake Gordon, 22.Noah Lolesio, 23.Reece Hodge.

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