Beauden Barrett in doubt for New Zealand's clash against France

Beauden Barrett sustained a head knock during the game in Dublin
Beauden Barrett sustained a head knock during the game in Dublin

New Zealand forwards John Plumtree has revealed that veteran playmaker Beauden Barrett is in doubt for the weekend's game against France to be played in Paris.

Barrett sustained a head knock during the 19th minute game against Ireland and was replaced by Richie Mo'unga. The 30-year-old failed a Head Injury Assessment and is yet to complete the return to play protocols according to Plumtree.

“At this point he hasn’t trained fully. He did a bit of jogging,” Plumtree told reporters.

“He hasn’t completed all his protocols yet. He’s in doubt I would say, especially with Thursday being our final preparation day.”

The weekend's encounter will also be New Zealand's 15th game of the year and Plumtree said they are determined to finish the campaign with a victory.

“In two years’ time it won’t really matter. We’ll be different and they’ll be different,” Plumtree said.

“This week has been interesting because when the All Blacks lose, it’s not a greatest environment to be in for the first couple of days. Everyone’s pretty down and grumpy about it.

“It’s been a really long trip, hopefully we can get our game going around momentum and the gainline. If we can do that we can cause some big problems for them.”

New Zealand have a dominating record over France having won 48 out of the 61 encounters between then with their last defeat in Paris coming way back in 1973.