Rugby: Will Jordan urged to shelve fullback ambitions, become world's best right winger says Jeff Wilson

Despite his desire to play fullback, All Blacks winger Will Jordan should remain exactly where he is building towards the Rugby World Cup, says former player-turned-commentator Jeff Wilson.

Jordan, 24, has been a standout since his 2020 debut for the national team, scoring an incredible 21 tries in as many tests, playing mostly on the right flank.

In Super Rugby, Jordan has proved an invaluable player at fullback for the Crusaders, cementing himself as Scott Robertson's go-to in the No.15 jersey, en route to six titles in the past six years.

Will Jordan against South Africa.
Will Jordan against South Africa. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

But even after a backline reshuffle saw the All Blacks alter their tactics for Saturday's 40-14 victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park, Jordan was kept on the right wing, with Beauden Barrett returned to fullback and brother Jordie moved infield.

The shift was nothing short of a success, with coach Ian Foster conceding Jordie Barrett in midfield could be a plan he returns to in the future.

As another player forced to fill in on the right despite a preference for fullback, Wilson understands Jordan's position, but with the Barrett brothers now a strong option for Foster moving forward, Wilson has urged Jordan to concentrate on nailing his current role.

"Versatility we've always talked about in the All Blacks as being a strength, but we want specialists," Wilson told Sky Sport's Breakdown. "I'd like to see Beauden Barrett now concentrate on being the best fullback in the world.

"I'd actually like to see Will Jordan, who's voiced like I did when I was playing, he wants to play fullback….it's a position he feels as though he can have an impact on the game, but maybe the best thing for him - and I'm sure he's working hard - is to focus on being the best right winger in world rugby.

"At the moment, he's showing some remarkable skills and scoring tries. We've talked about these guys that can shift around, but maybe now we should be going, 'if something happens there, Jordie can drop back to fullback, because he's played enough there'.

"Will Jordan could drop back there, but he's probably the third-ranked fullback, so focus on being the best right winger in the world. That'll serve the All Blacks really, really well."

The All Blacks will take a short break in their season, before heading to the northern hemisphere to meet Japan, Wales, Scotland and England on their end-of-year tour.