All Blacks Legend Aaron Smith Picks His ‘Ultimate Northern Hemisphere’ Backline

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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Jason Hennessy

North vs South.

All Blacks legend Aaron Smith has had a go at picking his ‘Ultimate Northern Hemisphere’ backline with the scrumhalf picking Ireland captain Johnny Sexton as his outhalf.

The 97-times capped New Zealand veteran took on former England and Lions winger Ugo Monye in a brilliant video for World Rugby, with both picking backlines from each other’s hemispheres.

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Smith has Owen Farrell interestingly at 12 with his England teammate Manu Tuilagi alongside him in midfield. Leigh Halfpenny, Elliot Daly and Louis Rees-Zammit make up the back-three with Antoine Dupont at nine.

Monye meanwhile has Beauden Barrett at fullback, along with Smith himself at nine and Richie Mo’unga at ten. Check out both backlines below. Which team do you think would win?

Team Aaron Smith

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. Elliot Daly
13. Manu Tuilagi
12. Owen Farrell
11. Louis Rees-Zammit
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Antoine Dupont

Team Ugo Monye

15. Beauden Barrett
14. Caleb Clarke
13. Jordan Petaia
12. Ngani Laumape
11. Marika Koroibete
10. Richie Mo’unga
9. Aaron Smith