- All Black fly half to join centurion club
- Return of Julian Savea only change to starting XV
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Dan Carter will win his 100th cap for New Zealand against England at Twickenham on Saturday after being named in a team that boasts 959 caps in their matchday 23.
Carter, who made his All Blacks debut as a 21 year-old against Wales in 2003, will lead their backline as New Zealand look to avenge their defeat to England at Twickenham last year.
The 31 year-old has amassed 1,435 international points since making his Test bow and will again be one of the primary threats to Stuart Lancaster’s side.
The return of winger Julian Savea is the only change to the All Blacks’ starting XV that beat France in Paris last weekend. He replaces Cory Jane after recovering from illness.
On the substitutes’ bench, lock Luke Romano comes in for young flanker Sam Cane.
Richie McCaw leads New Zealand once again from a back row that also contains Liam Messam and Kieran Read.
Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu and Owen Franks pack down in an experienced front row with Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick combining in the second row.
The in-form Ben Smith again lines up at outside centre alongside Ma'a Nonu with Charles Piutau on the opposite wing to Savea and Aaron Smith linking up with Carter at half back.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said: "This is a Test match we are very much looking forward to.
"We were completely outplayed by them last year but this is an opportunity for us to see if we have improved our game to the point where we can be competitive. The players are excited because this is what Test rugby is all about.
"We are expecting a really physical game with huge intensity, but also a game that will have high levels of energy, pace and skills.
"We know the England coaching staff have done a lot of homework so this may be a game where we add a few new things they haven't seen before."
New Zealand side to face England
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Charles Piutau, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, 1 Tony Woodcock, 2 Keven Mealamu, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Sam Whitelock, 5 Brodie Retallick, 6 Liam Messam, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 8 Kieran Read.
Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Luke Romano, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty