Cruden ruled out of Argentina test with injury

Last updated 19:26 03/09/2014
Aaron Cruden
RULED OUT: All Blacks first-five Aaron Cruden has a chest injury and will not be available to face Argentina in Napier on Saturday, handing Beauden Barrett the No 10 jersey.

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Beauden Barrett will start at first five eighth against Argentina in Napier on Saturday with Aaron Cruden ruled out of the Rugby Championship test with a chest injury.

The All Blacks team will be named tomorrow morning, but TVNZ reported tonight that Barrett would start for the third time in a test career that's seen him come off the reserves bench in 19 of his 21 tests since his debut in 2012.

The 23-year-old's only other test starts have been at fullback, against Italy in 2012, and Japan last year.

Cruden has been in exceptional form this season, but suffered a chest muscle injury during the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup win over the Wallabies at Eden Park two weeks ago.

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