Super Rugby 2019: Jordie Barrett rules out first-five option for All Blacks

Jordie Barrett's ruled himself out as a first-five option for the All Blacks, after Damian McKenzie's season-ending injury.

The Hurricanes star has played four different positions in Super Rugby this year and doesn't intend to make it five.

After his stellar two-try outing against the Chiefs, Barrett admits fullback is where 
he feels at home.

"It just allows me to roam and back my instincts," said Barrett. "Just go to where I need to… I know I enjoy the kicking and catching.

He's back in the 15 jersey he's worn for the All Blacks - the spot he prefers.

Former All Black and now Hurricanes assistant coach Carlos Spencer agrees.

"I've only ever known him as a 15," said Spencer. "Just seeing him there in the weekend and seeing what he can do… it's probably his best position."

After McKenzie's injury, All Blacks management is still considering how many first-fives to take to the World Cup in Japan.

Barrett's been discussed as a back-up option, but he's made it clear they can count him out.

"At an absolute pinch [I can play there], but no, I'm not a 10."

It's been an uncomfortable time for Barrett. He's only played three games at fullback in eight starts this season and the win over the Chiefs was the first time since round two.

"It was just hard to build a bit of continuity with my performance, changing roles throughout the week."

Barrett admits the constant shuffling isn't ideal, but he's taking what he can from it.

"In the midfield, I can then communicate with Ngani [Laumape] and Matty [Proctor] or whoever… understand what they're seeing and what they're going through."


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