David Havili has been called up into the All Blacks, which is just reward for a strong Super Rugby season with the champion Crusaders.
All Blacks back Jordie Barrett is to have surgery for a shoulder injury and is out for the season. He has been replaced by by David Havili. pic.twitter.com/8yWmckshSL
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 10, 2017
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.
This leaves the All Blacks with the option of Israel Dagg returning to fullback, giving the exciting Damian McKenzie a run there, or thrusting Havili into a starting role.
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: