Beauden Barrett Mo’unga joins ranks of All Blacks top 10s at Rugby World Cup

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Richie Mo’unga will join a special group within New Zealand rugby when he pulls on the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland.

The men who have previously worn the jersey in the knockout rounds of the World Cup are generally regarded among the best New Zealand has produced, and Mo’unga takes a place in their ranks aged only 25 and after only 14 tests.

His predecessors include the likes of World Cup-winning flyhalves Grant Fox and Dan Carter, and notable playmakers Andrew Mehrtens and Carlos Spencer.

Fox was the outstanding goalkicker who helped New Zealand to win the first rugby World Cup in 1987. Mehrtens was part of an extraordinary All Blacks team which reached the final in ’95 and another which fell in the semifinals in ’99. Spencer’s prodigious talent wasn’t enough to prevent New Zealand’s semifinal exit in 2003. Carter began in 2003 and played in three other World Cup, winning world championships in 2011 and 2015.

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