Sunday , May 16 2021

The battle between the top two number 10's looms in Dublin

The weekend's Test between All Blacks and Ireland will not only pitting the two best teams against each other.

Beauden Barrett will go head to head with Johnny Sexton in an exciting match between two players, both nominated for the World Rugby Player of the Year.

At All Black's Blanchardstown hotel, just outside Dublin, All Black's assistant coach Ian Foster touched on composite NZ and Irish media.

"There has always been a good match between them. A lot of Irish players go through Johnny, so you can see that he is very instrumental in his team tactically."

Barrett was full of praise for his opposing, who received great respect for last year's British and Irish tenant tour to New Zealand.

"He is a good player, very skilled. We both have luck on the back of two big packs and two big 9th. Johnny, he is not afraid to pull the trigger, he can perform some pretty good games."

But Sexton will be without Irish players Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray, who were excluded with injury this week. This is the main cause of concern for Irish hopes, because they do not really have the depth of talent that all black people can call on.

Ireland will largely attach its hopes to a similar playing field to those who famously won over All Blacks in Chicago two years ago. The 40-29 win has not really been forgotten by All Blacks.

"When you lose in an All Blacks shirt, it's never nice." Barrett said. It's an unfortunate sign for the Irish, because all blacks continued to win the final test that the nations have played in a very physical meeting here in Dublin.

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