All Blacks’ Carter to reach 100-cap milestone

LONDON. Fly-half Dan Carter will become the fifth All Black to win 100 caps after being named in the New Zealand starting XV to face England on Saturday.
Dan Carter will become the fifth All Black to win 100 caps. Net photo
Dan Carter will become the fifth All Black to win 100 caps. Net photo

International Rugby
Saturday
England     vs     New Zealand 4pm
Ireland     vs     Australia    7:15pm
Wales     vs     Argentina    4:15pm
France     vs     Tonga    6:45pm

LONDON. Fly-half Dan Carter will become the fifth All Black to win 100 caps after being named in the New Zealand starting XV to face England on Saturday.

The 31-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2003, is the world’s leading Test points scorer. He follows Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock and Mils Muliaina in reaching 100 caps for the All Blacks.

Winger Julian Savea comes in to face England, the only change from the team that beat France 26-19 last weekend.

Among the replacements, lock Luke Romano comes in for back-rower Sam Cane to strengthen the All Blacks’ second-row options.

The All Blacks have won all of their matches this season and are seeking to become the first side since the advent of in the professional era in 1995 to go unbeaten through a calendar year. [Agencies]

England captain Chris Robshaw says the All Blacks will be looking to avenge last year’s 38-21 defeat at Twickenham.

That was their only loss in 33 matches, a run that has seen them become the highest-ranked Test team in the world.

New Zealand head 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.

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