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All Blacks missing Beauden Barrett for final Bledisloe Test

  • Lima Sopoaga replaces concussed five-eighth
  • All Blacks otherwise unchanged for dead rubber in Brisbane

All Blacks five-eighth Beauden Barrett will sit out Saturday’s third Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia due to concussion issues, opening the door for Lima Sopoaga to make just his second Test start.

Barrett suffered a head knock in the world champions’ last-up win over South Africa and is still feeling the effects, despite passing concussion tests. Coach Steve Hansen has taken a conservative approach with Barrett and sidelined the Hurricanes ace, calling up Sopoaga in his place.

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