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Scottish rugby legend Sir Ian McGeechan has controversially snubbed All Blacks captain Kieran Read when listing the best New Zealand and England players set to clash this weekend.
The All Blacks and England will go head-to-head on Saturday night at the Rugby World Cup to fight for a spot in next weekend’s grand final.
, McGeechan broke down what he believed to be the best combined England and New Zealand XV – in which Read didn’t make the cut.
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Beauden Barrett featured -unsurprisingly- at 15, described as an “incredible player” by McGeechan, who also praised the All Black for his abilities at both fly-half and full back.
Sevu Reece was the pick at 14 after being hailed by the former Scotland coach as a “lethal finisher,” while Anton Lienert-Brown got the nod at 13.
England’s Manu Tuilagi was McGeechan’s pick at 12 being prised as the “best inside centre in the world,” with Jonny May also making the cut.
Owen Farrell was picked at 10 with All Blacks Aaron Smith and Joe Moody in at jersey 9 and 1.
England’s Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola and Tom Curry also got the nod from McGeechan while Brodie Retallick and Ardie Savea made up the remaining All Black names.
Explaining his choices, McGeechan said he believes his picks are a fair representation of where England are at the moment.
“There is clearly an embarrassment of riches here,” he wrote. “The Lions tour
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