Carter back for All Blacks
July 28, 2011
All Blacks supporters will relish the sight of Dan Carter back in the fly-half shirt © Getty Images
All Blacks boss Graham Henry has named his side to take on South Africa in this weekend's Tri-Nations clash and has made four changes from the team which despatched Fiji on Friday.
Fly-half Dan Carter will have the chance to overtake Jonny Wilkinson's Test points record after being named in New Zealand's starting XV for their Tri-Nations game against South Africa in Wellington.After missing last week's Test against Fiji, Carter replaces Colin Slade in the line-up and will need just two points on Saturday to overhaul Wilkinson's mark of 1,195 points.
Elsewhere, Jerome Kaino comes in at blindside flanker and Cory Jane - who suffered a hand injury in the opening round of the ITM Cup - will play on the wing, while Sam Whitelock also returns. Adam Thomson will start at No.8 for the first time in a New Zealand shirt - he has played there before on four occasions for the All Blacks but from the bench.
Sonny Bill Williams could make his home Test debut after being named on the bench in place of Ben Smith. In Williams' place is the Blues new centre Ma'a nonu who lines up in the starting XV alongside fellow Hurricanes discard Andrew Hore.
Coach Henry expects a Springboks backlash after they lost their Tri-Nations opener against Australia 39-20. "They are a proud rugby nation and won't want a repeat performance so we will have to be ready for that challenge," Henry said. "But we have had a good build-up this week and have picked a team we know that will be up for that challenge."
Team: Mils Muliaina; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Zac Guildford; Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Wyatt Crockett, Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Ali Williams, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Adam Thomson
Reserves: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Jarrad Hoeata, Liam Messam, Piri Weepu, Colin Slade, Sonny Bill Williams
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