All Blacks call up Josh Ioane ahead of Bledisloe Cup II as Beauden Barrett missing from training
The one-test playmaker, who featured in Otago’s 35-34 win over Wellington on Saturday, was spotted training with Ian Foster’s side three days after they drew 16-all with Australia in their first match of the year at Sky Stadium.
Barrett was named to start at fullback last weekend but was scratched on the eve of the match with an Achilles tendon injury that was expected to only rule him out for that test.
Replaced in the starting lineup by Chiefs star Damian McKenzie, Barrett was reportedly still with the team on Wednesday, but trained away from the group.
His absence will raise doubts over whether he will be fit to play this weekend as the All Blacks look to maintain a 34-year undefeated run against the Wallabies at Eden Park.
Should he remain unavailable, it would likely Richie Mo’unga would stay in the No. 10 jersey, with Ioane a possibility to take part in the match day squad.
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