Ben Smith Crotty in ahead of Sonny Bill in strong All Blacks side to face Boks

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Crusaders backline general Ryan Crotty has been preferred to Sonny Bill Williams to marshall the All Blacks in their blockbuster World Cup opener against South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday.

Williams has been relegated to the bench as has Ben Smith, with coach Steve Hansen staying with his twin playmaker system — Beauden Barrett at fullback and Crotty’s Crusader’s teammate Richie Mo’unga at fly-half.

“Any combination of players in our squad could have justified their selection,” Hansen said as he named his side on Thursday for the opening Pool B clash involving two of the tournament favorites.

“But in the end we believe the 23 we have s

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