Carter out of All Blacks team

2012-06-21 07:14

Wellington - All Blacks matchwinner Dan Carter is out of Saturday's third Test against Ireland in a revamped side that also features Richie McCaw moving to the backrow.

There are six changes to the starting XV as coach Steve Hansen covers for injuries and to shore up holes exposed in the tense 22-19 second Test victory in Christchurch last weekend.

Carter, the team playmaker who won the match with a last minute drop goal, suffered a hamstring injury in training during the week while number eight Kieran Read has been sidelined by concussion.

First Test hero Julian Savea and fellow wing Zac Guildford have been replaced by Hosea Gear and Ben Smith, while lock Brodie Retallick and side rower Adam Thomson drop to the bench.

Luke Romano will make his Test debut in the second row and uncapped fly-half Beauden Barrett comes into the reserves with Aaron Cruden starting in place of Carter in the pivot role.

Hansen said Carter had suffered a mild strain, but it was enough to keep him sidelined, while most of the other changes were fallout from the high-pressure second Test.

"The All Blacks, by their own admission, weren't happy with the way they performed on Saturday, and in part this is a credit to the way the Irish played.

"They have laid down a challenge and the key will be now how we respond. We will have to ensure our preparation is spot on this week so we can get the performance we need on Saturday."

McCaw, who will be starting for the 100th time in his illustrious 105-Test career, has always worn the number seven jersey but moves to the backrow for the first time in an injury enforced shake-up of the loose forwards.

Liam Messam who is probably more accustomed to the number eight role will start on the side of the scrum with his Chiefs' team-mate Sam Cane.

The inclusion of Cruden at flyhalf restores another partnership from the Super Rugby leading Chiefs with Sonny Bill Williams beside him at inside centre.

Long-serving hooker Keven Mealamu returns from injury and is on the bench. along with Tamati Ellison, whose one previous Test was in 2009, providing cover for the outside backs.

Romano gets his start following second-Test wobbles in an All Blacks' scrum that has been down on power in the second row following the retirement of Brad Thorn after last year's World Cup.


New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Richie McCaw (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Tamati Ellison

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Peter O'Mahony, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 4 Dan Tuohy, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy

Substitutes: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Declan Fitzpatrick, 18 Donncha O'Callaghan, 19 Chris Henry, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O'Gara, 22 Andrew Trimble


  • jason.children - 2012-06-21 08:25

    If Ireland ever had a chance this is it.

      Smesh - 2012-06-21 09:55

      20 point margin this time

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-21 12:02

      jason that is exactly what everyone thought during rwc with carter out. The shocking consequence was the AB's got better! and every time another No10 got injured they improved even more! You all witnessed the final result of AB adversity.It makes us the champions we are. Adversity is the All Black's natural diet to do better.The opposition always mistakenly sees AB adversity as a weakness in the team & start rubbing their hands in anticipation of an easy victory. They do so at their peril. :)

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-06-21 21:13

      Expecting an AB backlash .. AC doesn't seem like much of a step back from DC. Not quite as sly but more than capable. AB by 20+ .

  • shayne.r.barker - 2012-06-21 08:28

    They only just beat Ireland, and now they've lost the very man that won the game for them. Lol.. Take em down Ireland! Clark kent, bet you got nothing to say now!

      cape.maori - 2012-06-21 08:54

      Get well DC! Cruden will be the pivot. The AB's will be back this weekend! Don't understand Shayne's rant!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-21 12:16

      see my comment above shayne. Carter is not the only talent we got or maybe you missed the RWC to see what I mean?. After the RWC we now have even more talent at our disposal. Is'nt that just awesome? Carter would not have been able to kick that goal if the team did not put him in that position.The AB's are therefore NOT a 1 man team as you mistakenly see them and every AB player knows that there is no "I" in the word "team". The boks cannot do without their kickers because their whole game plan is about kicking. The AB's play a different game and that drop kick was only Carters 5th drop goal in his entire career as the world's leading point scorer in kicking. For a bok No 10 however the drop goal is his bread and butter because he knows his team might never reach the try line especially an AB line so he drop kicks at every opportunity. ;) It only demonstrates that the team has no skill, no talent, no chance.

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-06-21 09:20

    All Blacks have alot of depth in their squad and it wont be easy for irland as alot of the new guys and old guys that have been selected have a point to prove and alot of them are getting a chance that they would rarely get. Its going to be tough but i rate The AB will pull through. No one gave Cruden a chance in the world cup, coming in as the 3rd choice pivot and see how he preformed! If you watched Re-Union you would have heard that Carter slotted the kick, but it was a team build up that got them in that position to capitalize! Rugby is a Team sport and everyone is responsable for the win or the loss. Good luck to all the Southern Hem teams this weekend. Lets keep the dominance this side of the equator!

  • hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-21 09:39

    I am not a fan of the AB's but must admit that they have a great team with a lot of depth. I can't wait for the 4 nations, I think every match is going to be a cracker. The Pumas are good and they are putting lots of money into their youth development and have some talented youngsters coming through. South Africa is looking good and its my feeling they will be great come 4 nations. Australia has mayor talent but are struggling to get continiouty and consistency because AFL and Rugby League always lure the talented players with HUGE packages, which is creating huge problems in the provincial ranks. With all said and done, it is exciting times in Rugby. Bokke to go to the top and stay there!!!

      Smesh - 2012-06-21 09:57

      allblacks will struggle to beat the boks again this year the way the coach is injecting habana

  • goofree - 2012-06-21 10:13

    This is what great coaches do go outside the wire on selection and see what depth of players he can call up when required most important is giving them game time at this level and on home ground where the crowd support will get them going

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