Rugby World Cup 2019: Scott Barrett promotion designed to bulk up All Blacks

Scott Barrett's promotion to the starting line-up is all about boosting the All Blacks lineout, says Newshub rugby correspondent John Day.

The forward utility is the only change to the New Zealand XV to take the field against England in Saturday's Rugby World Cup semi-final in Yokohama, claiming the blindside flanker spot and forcing regular openside Sam Cane to the bench.

Barrett has played most of his international rugby at lock and has also come off the bench to fill a loose-forward role, but this will be the first time he's worn the No.6 jersey in a test.

"It's all about height, with Scott Barrett about 10cm taller than Sam Cane, the man he's replaced," says Day.

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"During the test against England last year, England were leading 15-0, theyput Scott Barrett into the game in the 50th minute and England lost five of their 10 lineouts.

"For me, [All Blacks coach] Steve Hansen is going to attack their lineout with Scott Barrett."

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