All Blacks recall Carter and Weepu for final Test
June 19, 2013
Dan Carter has recovered from his hand injury © Getty Images
New Zealand have recalled flyhalf Dan Carter and scrumhalf Piri Weepu for the third and final test against France in New Plymouth on Saturday. Carter missed the first two Tests with a broken hand while Weepu is returns after being sidelined with concussion picked up in a Super Rugby match.
New Zealand, who have already secured the three-Test series, have brought in Rene Ranger on the wing and given flanker Victor Vito his first start of the year.
"While the series has been won, we certainly won't be underestimating the French in this final match," coach Steve Hansen said. We [are] expecting further improvement from ourselves, and another hard, physical contest from the French."
New Zealand Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Rene Ranger, Dan Carter, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Victor Vito, Samuel Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Ben Franks, Steven Luatua, Matt Todd, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau.
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