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The All Blacks team to play South Africa in a Rugby Championship test at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
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Sporting history is filled with iconic duos. Some are essential, some fray apart, some last longer than a lot of marriages and some are as fleeting as a 10-day jaunt in Liverpool.
Are All Blacks fans about to get a new terrific tandem of their own?
That probably won’t be fully known until the end of this year’s World Cup in Japan, but on Saturday night they will get their first look at two of world rugby’s best first-fives trying to fire at the same time in the same team.
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The long-hoped-for combination of Richie Mo’unga in the All Blacks’ No 10 jersey and Beauden Barrett in the No 15 jersey finally becomes a reality against South Africa at Westpac Stadium.
It’s an essential move for the All Blacks selectors.
They have to see if such a combination can perform under the pressure of one of the world’s premier teams. If this tactic is to be a goer in Japan, it needs to work on Saturday night, otherwise they’ll put it back on the shelf and the battle for the No 10 jersey will return to being a two-horse race between the pair.
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