Ben Smith Rugby World Cup: How the All Blacks’ dual playmakers can ‘scramble brains’

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The All Blacks’ dual playmaker explained.

The 1014 Rugby team Steven Prescott and Gareth Dinneen will be providing Stuff with insights during the Rugby World Cup and in the first of the series Gareth and Steven pick apart the ‘dual playmaker’ system and identify just what the All Blacks are trying to achieve.  

ANALYSIS: Steve Hansen believes the All Blacks have the answer to the defensive systems that currently dominate in world rugby.

Since the Wallabies test in Japan last October, the All Blacks have introduced a ‘dual playmaker’ system, first with Beauden Barrett at No 10 and Damian McKenzie at No 15 and now with Richie Mo’unga at No 10 and Barrett at No 15.

Ben Smith Beauden Barrett runs through drills during an All Blacks training session in Kashiwa, Japan.

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Beauden Barrett runs through drills during an All Blacks training session in Kashiwa, Japan.

Much has already been made about the fact this offers the All Blacks a playmaker on each side the ruck, but the 1014 Rugby team has analysed the system and found its real purpose.

That is, to get Mo’unga and Barrett working together, at times side by side, to “scramble the brains” of the opposition defensive line.

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