The All Blacks are confident Jordie Barrett has more than just the skills needed to perform at first-five in their upcoming Rugby World Cup clash with Namibia.
"He's got plenty of swagger, that boy," Hansen said.
"He's not short of it."
Barrett has been named in the All Blacks No.10 jersey with management opting to rest regular first-fives Richie Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett, who have featured in the team's first two matches in Japan.
Hansen said the youngest Barrett has the skills to play most positions in the backline and the confidence to match it.
"You can't mistake swagger or confidence for arrogance though," Hansen said.
"He's a humble kid. He'll be looking forward to it - I know he's excited by the challenge and he'll get out and boss the game because that's how he plays."
The All Blacks coach was asked if Barrett had been given time in training at 10 prior to the squad's departure for Japan but the coach said it was almost a complete opposite.
"[We put him in] this morning," Hansen said.
"[We told him] last night."