Carter out, Cruden starts
6 Sep 2012
All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has been withdrawn from the side to face Argentina at the weekend.
Carter was initially named to start but has succumbed to a calf strain. Aaron Cruden takes his place, with Beauden Barrett covering on the bench.
Julian Savea has finally been given another start for the Blacks. The Canes winger, who scored a hat-trick against Ireland on debut, has not featured since the second Test. He is one of five changes to the run-on XV for Saturday’s Test.
Victor Vito also gets a start ahead of Liam Messam, but coach Steve Hansen has resisted resting captain Richie McCaw. McCaw starts but in all probability will only play 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has finalised his team for Saturday’s clash. The Pumas had named their starting side on Tuesday, and on Thursday confirmed their bench.
The last time the two teams met was in last year’s World Cup quarter-final. The All Blacks won 33-10.
All Blacks – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Victor Vito, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Charlie Faumuina, 18 Sam Whitelock, 19 Liam Messam, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Ben Smith.
Argentina – 15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c), 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Subs: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Leonardo Senatore, 20 Thomas Leonardi, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.