6 Aug 2012

Hansen admits Kerr-Barlow unlucky to miss ABs selection

11:17 am on 6 August 2012

The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen concedes the Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow was unlucky to miss out on selection but says the selectors were wary of the need for experience in the squad.

Piri Weepu's run in a black jersey continues despite many thinking Kerr-Barlow deserved to join Aaron Smith for the All Blacks inaugural Rugby Championship campaign.

Kerr-Barlow was the form number nine at the business end of the Super Rugby season and played a leading hand in guiding the Chiefs to their maiden title.

Hansen confirmed Weepu's big match experience gave him the nod but says Kerr-Berlow's time in a black jersey is not far off.