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Barrett at 10 in All Blacks team for 1st Bledisloe

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Beauden Barrett has held off the challenge of rising star Richie Mo'unga and will wear the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday's first Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship test against Australia in Sydney.

Barrett, who was World Rugby Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, has been out of form and his grip on the flyhalf role had come under threat from Mo'unga, who steered the Crusaders to the Super Rugby title this month for the second straight year.

The All Blacks selectors had been under pressure to select the form player but instead decided to stick with Barrett and with Damian McKenzie as flyhalf cover on the bench, leaving Mo'unga out of their match 23. McKenzie is favored as the replacement because of his ability to cover other backline positions.

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