Beauden Barrett New Zealand team news: Steve Hansen sticks with Beauden Barrett-Richie Mo’unga tandem for opener against South Africa

    Beauden Barrett New Zealand team news: Steve Hansen sticks with Beauden Barrett-Richie Mo’unga tandem for opener against South Africa

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    New Zealand rugby will deploy Beauden Barrett at full-back and Richie Mo’unga at fly-half for the side’s World Cup opener against South Africa in Yokohama.

    Head coach Steve Hansen has opted to stick with the dual playmaker approach having experimented with the Barrett-Mo’unga tandem during New Zealand’s summer preparations.

    Elsewhere in the backline, Ryan Crotty and Anton Lienert-Brown have been handed a starting berth at 12 and 13 respectively, with two-time World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams on the bench, while Sevu Reece and George Bridge start on the wings.

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    Captain Kieran Read is joined by Ardie Savea and Sam Cane in the back row, while Scott Barrett edged out Patrick Tuipulotu to partner Sam Whitelock at lock.

    Having drawn 16-16 earlier this year in the Rugby Championship, the two teams renew their historic rivalry at Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium on Saturday 21 at 10.45am (BS

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