Beauden Barrett jokes All Blacks resting 'too good to be true' after emergency Argentina call up

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett has joked that he expected to be called into the touring squad, having initially been handed a rest from the upcoming Test with Argentina on October 1.

Barrett was one of six players to be rested from the 28-man touring party, intending to re-join his teammates ahead of the Test with South Africa on October 8.

Instead, he will depart this afternoon, after Lima Sopoaga's decision to remain in New Zealand to attend the birth of his first child.

Barrett though, says that he was anticipating his involvement in the match.

"I was ready to go, I thought it'd be too good to be true," he joked.

"I was expecting to go the whole time, it's business as usual."

The first-five will travel to Argentina after Lima Sopoaga's withdrawal from the squad. Source: 1 NEWS


New Zealand Rugby awarded Rainbow Tick for inclusion of LGBT players

New Zealand Rugby have been awarded a "rainbow tick", after aiming to break down stereotypes around the LGBT community within the game.

The governing body is aiming to break down stereotypes within the game. Source: 1 NEWS



Lima Sopoaga to miss All Blacks' Argentina trip, Beauden Barrett recalled

All Blacks first-five Lima Sopoaga will miss the side's trip to take on Argentina in Buenos Aires on October 1, with Beauden Barrett called into the side as his replacement.

Sopoaga, 26, will remain in New Zealand awaiting the birth of his first child, leaving the All Blacks with just one recognised option at first-five, Damian McKenzie who has this season only played at fullback at international level.

In his absence, Beauden Barrett has been recalled to replace the absent Sopoaga, having initially been rested for the Argentinian leg of the All Blacks' end to the Rugby Championship, intending to rejoin the squad to face South Africa in Cape Town on October 8.

The All Blacks confirmed the news via Twitter this afternoon, as the team prepare to travel to South America.

November 12 2016 - Rome, Italy
Rugby test match Italy v New Zealand at Olimpico Stadium
In the photo Lima Sopoaga (A) 
Photo Matteo Ciambelli / Photosport
All Blacks first-five Lima Sopoaga. Source: Photosport