Rugby - Carter to play 100th Test

Dan Carter will play in his 100th Test match after being named in the starting line-up for the All Blacks to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Dan Carter trains ahead of his 100th Test appearance for New Zealand against England.

The hugely experienced Crusaders fly-half had been expected to be given his chance to win a 100th cap and head coach Steve Hansen has named the 31-year-old at number 10.

Lock Samuel Whitelock will also pick up his 50th cap as Hansen has made just one change from the team that beat France 26-19, Julian Savea returning after illness to replace Cory Jane.

There is also one change in the replacements with lock Luke Romano in for Sam Cane.

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."

The 38-21 defeat to England at Twickenham last year was only a seventh loss for the All Blacks in 35 meetings between the two countries.

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