Carter to front Pumas
27 Sep 2012
All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will make his return from injury against Argentina this Saturday in La Plata.
Carter has not played since New Zealand beat Australia in Auckland last month, and according to Fairfax Media the All Blacks flyhalf has not been completely cleared of a calf strain.
Carter will face another fitness test on Friday to determine his availability for Saturday’s game. The All Blacks management is optimistic, but if Carter fails to come through this test, Aaron Cruden will start at No 10 with Beauden Barrett providing flyhalf cover from the bench.
If Carter is cleared, New Zealand will field a new halfback combination. Aaron Smith was benched for the All Blacks’ last game against the Springboks for disciplinary reasons. Smith has been reinstated for this match in Argentina.
Openside flank Sam Cane has been added to the match 22 for the first time in the Rugby Championship.
All Blacks – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Charlie Faumuina, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Ben Smith.