David Havili has been called up into the All Blacks, which is just reward for a strong Super Rugby season with the champion Crusaders.
The fullback takes the place of Jordie Barrett, who has succumbed to a shoulder injury that requires surgery. The younger of the three All Black Barrett brothers is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Barrett had been expected to fill the gap left by Ben Smith, who is cutting short his season after the second Bledisloe Cup match in Dunedin for a contractually obliged break.
Havili is also a long-distance goal kicking option, as evidenced here with a monster penalty against Auckland in last year’s Mitre 10 Cup:
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