England v New Zealand: Dan Carter to reach 100-cap milestone

Dan Carter of New Zealand

AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL: ENGLAND v NEW ZEALAND

Venue:
Twickenham
Date:
Saturday, 16 November
Kick-off:
14:30 GMT
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & online; watch highlights on Saturday (BBC Three, 19:00-20:00 GMT) or Sunday (BBC Two, 13:30-14:30); text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles; watch again on iPlayer

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 with 1435.

He follows Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock and Mils Muliaina in reaching 100 caps for the All Blacks.

"Dan's one of the special, special ones. He's well deserving of the honour," said head coach Steve Hansen.

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

Savea missed that victory with illness but returns on the left wing, with Charles Piutau switching to the right and Cory Jane, who started his first Test of the year in Paris after a knee injury, dropping out of the match-day squad.

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 12 Tests so far this season and are seeking to become the first side in the professional era (since 1995) to win all their matches in a calendar year, with their final Test against Ireland in Dublin a week on Sunday.

New Zealand went unbeaten in 1997, only a 26-26 draw at Twickenham denying them a 100% record from their 12 Tests that year, while Ireland also remained unbeaten in 10 Tests in 2009, which included a draw against Australia.

New Zealand, the highest-ranked Test team for the past four years, will be looking to make amends for last year's 38-21 defeat at Twickenham, their only loss in 33 matches since the beginning of the 2011 World Cup.

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England 38-21 New Zealand highlights

But Hansen insists revenge is not the All Blacks' primary motivation.

"A lot of people have bandied the word revenge around; I reckon that's one of the silliest word you can ever use in rugby," he added. "It's too strong a word. Revenge is quite a hateful word, and our game is a beautiful game.

"What it is is an opportunity to see if we have actually improved, to see if we are good enough to beat England. We weren't last time. They were first, daylight was second and we were third. No excuses, we were beaten by a side who played way better on the day.

"I'd rather see it as an opportunity rather than use the word revenge."

New Zealand team: Israel Dagg; Charles Piutau, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Luke Romano, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty.

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