'He'll probably try and line me up' - All Blacks star Beauden Barrett on facing familiar foe Brad Shields

All Blacks star first-five Beauden Barrett will be looking to avoid a familiar foe at Twickenham come Sunday, with Barrett admitting England's Brad Shields will have nothing but bad intentions if they cross paths.

Shields has been named at No.6 for England, with Barrett named to start at flyhalf for the All Blacks.

Barrett, 27, said it will be a somewhat strange reunion when he faces off with his former Hurricanes teammate Shields this weekend.

"It's very exciting, yeah I don't know how I feel about it, it's going to be weird," said Barrett.

"Hopefully I don't see him out there too much because he's a big brute."

Both players have had a lot of success together, winning a Super Rugby title in 2016 for the Hurricanes and winning the Junior Rugby World Cup playing for the New Zealand under 20s side in 2011.

Barrett says Dane Coles will have a lot of things to say to Shields in their Test match on Sunday.

"He'll (Shields) probably try and line me up, I'm sure there will be a bit of banter especially when Colesy (Dane Coles) runs on.

"He will be willing to throw a few words at him no doubt."

Barrett and Shields have played together at the Hurricanes for several years. Source: 1 NEWS


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