Beauden relishes opportunity to play alongside brother Jordie

Beauden Barrett, pictured, is looking forward to playing alongside his brother Jordie
Beauden Barrett, pictured, is looking forward to playing alongside his brother Jordie

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett said he is looking forward to play alongside his brothers Jordie and Scott in the upcoming third and final Test against British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday.

Jordie has been handed his first start for the All Blacks and has been slotted at fullback while Beauden will take the number 10 role along with Scott, who will be on the bench.

With the series poised at 1-1, the winner takes it all on Saturday and Beauden is confident that Jordie will not be overhauled by the occasion.

"It is awesome," said Beauden.

"We did not quite get on to the field at the same time against Samoa (last month), so as long as we don't fall over before Saturday it is going to happen, so it is pretty cool.

"I don't know if I have given him any advice. He doesn't need it.

"He trained very well on Tuesday, and I think with the outside backs in their little group, they have been communicating really well and have been working well as a combination, and the coaches have been great this week.

"You don't want to put too much in a young fella's head because you want him to go out there and play footie, and he is good enough to do it. That is why he has been picked this week.

"When we were both selected in the squad, I thought it might have been possible, but until the team is named, you can only hope."

Meanwhile, Jordie, who made his All Blacks debut against Samoa as a replacement wants to use the opportunity to impress head coach Steve Hansen.

"I can't wait to get stuck in on Saturday night," he said. "We have had a good week training-wise, so we are looking forward to it.

"We have all got our responsibility in the team, and whether it is one Test or 100, we have got to do our job and no one can go quiet. We have all got a job to do and plenty of talk, and we are just going to do our roles."

Jordie already has the experience of facing when he was representing Super Rugby champions Hurricanes in the tour game that ended in a 31-31 draw.

"I was at school when he (Beauden) made his first squad. And to be honest, I didn't think I could have done what he's done. It has all happened pretty quickly.

"We've done what we've done and enjoyed ourselves doing it. I am just really grateful and excited to be in this group."

The challenge now for New Zealand is to recover quickly from a defeat, and Beauden Barrett said: "It is a position (losing a game) that none of us sort of hope to be in as an All Black.

"We've had a really good week. The boys are energised and excited about this weekend.

"Obviously, we are still hurt from last weekend, and that can be used as fuel. We trust the process, train hard and get excited about the challenge that is coming."

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