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Carter named in starting lineup against England

29 November 2012

  • Carter set to start against England
  • Coach Steve Hansen makes three changes
Carter tackled against Scotland

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Fly half Dan Carter has been passed fit to face England on Saturday after All Blacks coach Steve Hansen announced three changes to his starting lineup that beat Wales last weekend.

Carter had missed New Zealand’s 33-10 victory over Wales with a calf strain but will return to replace Aaron Cruden in the number 10 jersey.

Second row Luke Romano, who scored in Cardiff last weekend, is replaced by Brodie Retallick while hooker Kevin Mealamu will take Andrew Hore’s place in the front row after Hore was given a five-week ban for striking Welsh lock Bradley Davies.

Hansen told Sky Sports: "There is huge motivation within the team to finish the season off on a high and real excitement ahead of this weekend, with a packed house at Twickenham always a great occasion.

"We know that the English will lift themselves for their final match of the year, especially following their two recent narrow defeats and we need to be prepared to match them in all facets.

"They (England) are big men and they are probably one of the biggest packs that we will come up against.

"They will bring a physical, combative game, there is no question about where they are going to come. They will have one-off runners and two runners round the corner so they are going to come straight at you."

New Zealand team to face England

15 Israel Dagg
14 Cory Jane
13 Conrad Smith
12 Ma’a Nonu
11 Julien Savea
10 Dan Carter
9 Aaron Smith

1 Tony Woodcock
2 Kevin Mealamu
3 Owen Franks
4 Sam Whitelock
5 Brodie Retallick
6 Liam Messam
7 Richie McCaw
8 Kieran Reid

16 Dane Coles
17 Wyatt Crockett
18 Charlie Faumina
19 Luke Romano
20 Victor Vito
21 Piri Weepu
22 Aaron Cruden
23 Ben Smith


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