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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Regular All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been moved to fullback with Richie Mo’unga getting only a third test start in the number 10 jersey for Saturday’s clash with South Africa in the Rugby Championship.
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – Italy v New Zealand – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – November 24, 2018 New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett celebrates after the match REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Mo’unga has arguably been the form New Zealand flyhalf in Super Rugby over the last two seasons but Steve Hansen has resolutely stuck with twice World Player of the Year Barrett in tests, citing the experience he has built up over seven seasons.
The fleet-footed Barrett twice started matches at fullback early in his international career but has played his last 36 tests with the number 10 on his back.
Mo’unga, 25, will have the chance to impress coach Hansen from the start of the match against New Zealand’s fiercest test rivals in a showdown that looks likely to determine the outcome of the truncated southern hemisphere championship.
It also gives Hansen the opportunity to continue the dual
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