Beauden Barrett Mark Reason: Why Beauden Barrett must hand Richie Mo’unga the crown

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Richie Mo’unga says it was priceless having All Black team-mate Beauden Barrett’s “words of wisdom”.

OPINION: Aaron Smith called Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga wizards and who would disagree. Alone they are exceptional, together the possibilities seem almost infinite. Dumbledore and Dumbledee, if you like. But the wizardry is not the problem for Steve Hansen. It’s a question of power. It’s the resolution of the once and future king.

On Saturday there was no doubt as to the identity of the leader of the All Blacks on the field. It was Beauden Barrett. You could see it in the way he was talking in the sheds at halftime. You could hear in the things he said after the match as he talked astutely about holding depth on the outside.

And of course Barrett, world player of the year in 2016 and, ahem, 2017, has earned the crown. But where does that leave Mo’unga? No side can be successful with a subservient 10. Mo’unga is very much the onfield leader at the Crusaders. It’s there in his body language. Mo’unga exudes a confidence in his supremacy.

And that’s what the All Blacks need from him. They need the man who would be king. They need the popinjay, the man who would strut his stuff upon the stage.

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Revealingly Mo’unga said after the game, “I looked to him (Barrett) and he gave me a lot of ideas and words of wisdom around things we needed to work on and focus on in the next stage of the game. For me, that’s just priceless. Someone I can lean on and bounce things off.

Beauden Barrett Richie Mo'unga needs to find his voice with the All Blacks.

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Richie Mo’unga needs to find his voice with the All Blacks.

“It’s a challenging thing and it’s still something I’m trying to get to grips with, knowing that I want to take some opportunities, but also knowing some of the strike power we have out wide as well with the likes of Beauden. He showed some awesome glimpses of getting on the outside and showing h

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