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There has been a huge debate going on in New Zealand since coach Steve Hansen named his Rugby Championship squad this week.

It normally becomes a problem with a team like the All Blacks having so many star players to pick from with only 23 places available for a match-day squad. 

Former All Black legend Dan Carter has now also joined the debate backing Barrett over Mo’unga.Dan Carter has backed Beauden Barrett to hang on to the much-debated All Blacks no 10 jersey over Richie Mo’unga.

“It’s obviously hotly debated at the moment and credit to Richie Mo’unga for putting his hand up over a fantastic season,” Carter said at Westlake Boys’ High School after being unveiled by former Prime Minister John Key as an ambassador for the sports charity ISPS Handa.

“It’s hard to go past what Beauden’s achieved over the last couple of years. A lot of the All Blacks’ success has come because of his performances. He’s a leader of the team now.”

Barrett, who has 65 test caps to his name, has been one of the best players on the planet for the last few years – winning two consecutive World Player of the Year awards – but hasn’t been at his best of late.

Meanwhile, Mo’unga has had an exceptional season for the Crusaders, helping them to a ninth Super Rugby title. It has created calls from some fans and pundits to give the young first-five a shot at the No 10 jersey.

Carter, who held the jersey himself for so long, says the intense competition is a good thing for the team.

“I’ve been in that position with young guys nipping at your heels. It makes you work harder and appreciate your position in the team more,” he said.

“It’s great there’s competition. Damian’s not a bad talent as well. It’s great the All Blacks have such depth.”

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  1. Flyhalf factory – carter , Barrett , mounga

    Does it get any better in terms of attacking flyhalf play?

    Compare these flyhalves to the SA preference for reliability, kicking and tackling.

    It’s a totally different philosophy. Willemse first SA flyhalf in this mould – whether we pick him remains to be seen.

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  2. @cab: @cab:

    You are kidding yourself if you think it’s the ‘attacking play’ of the All Blacks 10’s that makes them special. It’s their ability to absolutely everything required of a 10 depending on the circumstances and then some.

    ”SA preference for reliability, kicking and tackling.” WTF you talking about mate? These have been the three weakest aspects of South African test match 10’s for seasons now… sigh.

    As for Willemse… he is not even fit enough to lace up any of Barret, Mo’unga, McKenzie nor even Sopoaga’s boots ‘arsenal-wise’… albeit they have a few years on him…

    You’re also kidding yourself if you think they suddenly sommer arrive in the All Black jersey like many have been gifted the Bok jumper of late. They have all come through the club ranks and have then been transitioned again with games for the Maori AB’s, Junior AB’s (now defunct) and the NZ Barbarians before the next step up.

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  3. Bryce

    Kiwi 10s outright skill and playmaker genius. They are encouraged to have a go. Tear sides apart. This is what separates nz and Oz from northern hemisphere. That and their finishers outside. These boys innovate – they don’t plan and follows others.

    Willemse got what all those others have, maybe more – it’s just he’s being ‘coached’ and potentially played out of position at 15 instead of being told to just go for it and create play – which is what he is born to do.

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  4. @cab: what utter rubbish. Kiwi 10’s play to a game plan and only “play what is in front of them” when the game plan leads to space being created. That is what sets them apart and also what lead to Ireland beating Oz in June

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  5. If I were a commie I’d reckon that Carter’s choice is TOTALLY racist.
    But I’m not so I’ll just be honest & admit I couldn’t give two bleeps about any NZ rugby decisions other than Steve ” Puffy ” Hansen’s dietary indiscretions.
    Upwards & Onwards.

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  6. Aldo – I think they are given far more license to play and encouraged to get their backline away.

    puff Hansen regards his players as maestros not pawns to be moved around a chessboard.

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