Watch: Steve Hansen says young superstar Jordie Barrett is 'there or thereabouts' for All Blacks selection

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has dropped the biggest hint yet that Hurricanes rookie Jordie Barrett is in his plans for the three Test series with the British and Irish Lions later this year.

The younger Barrett brother has set the early rounds of Super Rugby alight for the Hurricanes. Source: 1 NEWS

With All Blacks such as Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder having issues with injury so far in 2017, Barrett could find himself shoehorned into the side to face the Lions.

Barrett, 20, was taken on the All Blacks 2016 end of year tour in an "apprentice" role, and appears to be ready to make the next step, having starred for the Hurricanes so far in Super Rugby this season.
"He's playing pretty good," a sheepish Hansen told 1 NEWS.
1 NEWS sports reporter John McKenzie didn’t have the best start to a one-on-one interview with the Hurricanes’ star first-five. Source: 1 NEWS

"We took him away on the tour last year for a reason and he's come back and shown that's been worthwhile."
The All Blacks coach wasn't surprised by the naming of the Lions squad, but doesn't expect an easy series. Source: 1 NEWS

Barrett's selection would see him link up with his older brother Beauden, who is expected to be the starting first-five for the start of the All Blacks' series with the Lions at Eden Park on June 24.
Hansen has got a shot in early as the mind games begin ahead of the eagerly awaited tour. Source: 1 NEWS

Another brother, Scott, has also played for New Zealand.