20th September 12:32 PM
Hansen wants Richie Mo'unga to bring his own skill set against Argentina
By Lena Reece
Thursday 06/09/2018
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and All Blacks first five-eigth Richie Mo'unga

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen doesn't want Richie Mo'unga to try and be Beauden Barrett, saying the Crusaders star needs to bring his own skillset as he makes his first Test start.

Barrett, who scored four tries as part of a Bledisloe Cup record haul of 30 points two weeks ago, was omitted from the matchday 23 as Hansen named Mo'unga in the No.10 jersey to face Argentina in Nelson.

TJ Perenara, Ardie Savea, rookie Shannon Frizell and prop Karl Tu'i-nukuafe were all named to start while Te Toiroa Tahuri-orangi was in line to make his Test debut off the bench.

Hansen said it was important to use the squad because of the demanding Rugby Championship schedule and also to build depth for next year's World Cup.

The All Blacks will meet Argentina at 7.35pm Saturday while the Wallabies clash with the Springboks at 10pm Saturday.


All Blacks

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe

2. Codie Taylor

3. Owen Franks

4. Brodie Retallick

5. Scott Barrett

6. Shannon Frizell

7. Ardie Savea

8. Kieran Read – captain

9. TJ Perenara

10. Richie Mo’unga

11. Waisake Naholo

12. Ngani Laumape

13. Jack Goodhue

14. Nehe Milner‑Skudder

15. Ben Smith

16. Nathan Harris

17. Tim Perry

18. Ofa Tuungafasi

19. Samuel Whitelock

20. Luke Whitelock

21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

22. Damian McKenzie

23. Anton Lienert‑Brown

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