New Zealand drafts three Barrett brothers in squad to tour US and Europe

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New Zealand chose three members of the Barrett family -- Beauden and his brothers Scott and Jordie -- in an enlarged squad for an end-of-year tour to the US and Europe.

The world champions, who became the first top-tier nation to win 18 consecutive Tests with their? 37-10 victory against Australia?at Eden Park on Saturday, will kick off the tour against Ireland at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Nov. 5 before Tests in Europe against Ireland, France and Italy.

Beauden Barrett is New Zealand’s first choice No 10 and was an automatic selection for the touring party, which will play against Ireland in Chicago before Tests in Europe against Ireland, France and Italy. Lock Scott Barrett has been named as cover for Sam Whitelock, who is likely to be sidelined for up to three weeks with an ankle injury. Whitelock’s regular partner Brodie Retallick is also under a cloud with a possible concussion, and another uncapped lock, Vaea Fifita, is on standby.

Utility back Jordie Barrett has been named as the tour apprentice, meaning he won’t play but will train with the squad to gain experience. Head coach Steve Hansen said “It has huge benefits for a young player.”

The teenage?winger Reiko Ioane has also been included. Ioane was in the sevens team that competed at Rio Olympics and has been on the fringe of All Blacks selection all season. His Auckland teammate Steven Luatua has been recalled after playing 14 Tests in 2013 and 2014, while hooker Liam Coltman has been named after providing injury cover throughout the past season.

Hansen said the tour “will give us the opportunity to continue to blend this group of young talent with the more experienced group so we can future proof our side going forward into the next few years.”?