Barrett brothers make All Blacks history

Daniel Gilhooly
Jordie Barrett will join his two brothers in playing for the All Blacks against France on Saturday

Seemingly forgiven for his bizarre late-night indiscretion, Jordie Barrett will make history after being named fullback for the All Blacks' first Test against France.

In the only real surprise selection for Saturday's opening Test of the year at Eden Park, Barrett pushes veteran fullback Ben Smith to the wing, leaving no room for Waisake Naholo.

It means three siblings will be in New Zealand's starting team for the first time, with five-eighth Beauden Barrett and lock Scott Barrett also named.

The trio were previously on the field as team-mates for the final three minutes of last year's drawn third Test against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland.

That was Jordie Barrett's second and most recent Test cap, having been forced to subsequently begin seven months on the sideline following shoulder injury.

The brilliant youngster's selection comes a week after his involvement in an incident Dunedin following his Hurricanes team's loss to the Highlanders.

Barrett and a friend inadvertently let themselves into a stranger's house at 5am - believing they knew the residents - and had to ultimately explain themselves to police.

Barrett later described the incident as an innocent mistake although coach Steve Hansen said he planned to admonish the 21-year-old for a lack of professionalism.

Smith, who turned 32 last week, will be the oldest starting winger in All Blacks Test history.

It is his first Test appearance in 10 months, having been granted a sabbatical over the second half of last year.

Elsewhere, Ryan Crotty moves in one spot to inside centre to cover the injury absence of Sonny Bill Williams, with Anton Lienert-Brown employed at outside centre.

Scott Barrett makes his fifth start at lock in place of the injured Brodie Retallick, packing down alongside skipper Sam Whitelock.

They are part of an all-Crusaders tight five which includes under-used pair Owen Franks and Joe Moody.

Neither of the seasoned props has played a Test in nine months and they tally just six Super Rugby games between them this year because of injury and suspension.

Luke Whitelock starts at No.8 in place of injured regular skipper Kieran Read, as he did in the final Test of 2017 against Wales in Cardiff.

On the bench, prop Karl Tu'inukuafe is poised to make a Test debut, capping a remarkable rise after only earning his first Super Rugby contract at the Chiefs two months ago following a spate of injuries.

ALL BLACKS: Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock (capt), Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape.