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Bledisloe Cup Beauden Barrett ruled out of All Blacks side

The All Blacks have been forced into a late change on the eve of Bledisloe I, with Beauden Barrett ruled out through an Achilles injury.

Barrett's place at fullback will be taken by Chiefs star Damian McKenzie, who will now play his first Test since 2018 after a season-ending ACL injury curtailed his World Cup dream.

"Beaudy's achilles flared up a little bit at training yesterday [Friday] afternoon," All Blacks coach Ian Foster said. "It settled down overnight, not too bad and he's kicking out there now, but we made a decision, first Test, to pull him out early.

"It certainly looks like that [a one-game injury]. He's kicking now and running around but we just felt the way it tightened up and impacted on him yesterday, we didn't want to take that chance tomorrow."

Barrett had originally been named in the No. 15 jersey despite the sparkling Super Rugby Aotearoa form of brother, Jordie, who was instead selected on the wing.

Foster said the promotion of McKenzie from outside the original matchday 23 made more sense than switching Jordie Barrett to fullback and promoting someone else onto the wing.

"He's a quality 15 and ready to go, and it means less disruption to the rest of the squad. All the other positions stay the same," he said.

The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003.