Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup: New Zealand pick Beauden Barrett at 15 to face South Africa

Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup: New Zealand pick Beauden Barrett at 15 to face South Africa

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2019 Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v South Africa
Venue:International Stadium, YokohamaDate:Saturday, 21 SeptemberKick-off:10:45 BST
Coverage:Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, live text commentary on BBC Sport website and app and live on ITV

Beauden Barrett will start at full-back as New Zealand begin their attempt to win a third straight World Cup against South Africa on Saturday.

Coach Steven Hansen has opted for Crusaders’ Richie Mo’unga at fly-half, with inexperienced wings George Bridge and Sevu Reece also in the XV.

Only five of Barrett’s previous 48 All Black starts have come at 15.

Siya Kolisi leads a South Africa team with a back three of Cheslin Kolbe, Makazole Mapimpi and Willie le Roux.

Gloucester’s Franco Mostert forms the second row with Eben Etzebeth.

Coach Rassie Erasmus said the line-up, which beat Japan 41-7 in their final warm-up, was his “best side”.

New Zealand and South Africa, favourites and second-favourites to win the tournament respectively, have met three times over the past 12 months, each securing narrow victories before July’s 16-16 draw in Wellington.

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Both teams have been preparing for wet and humid conditions in Yokohama, with rain forecast just before kick-off and temperatures expec

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