Cape Town - All Blacks legend Dan Carter has predicted that dealing with
New Zealand's fast-paced game will prove too great a task for England on
Eddie Jones' charges are set to host Steve Hansen's men at
Twickenham this weekend.
England head into the match off the back of a 12-11 win over
South Africa, but Carter believes they will be unable to replicate that against
a team which he views as an even better one than the 2015 World Cup-winning All
"The rugby world has seen what the All Blacks have done
since the 2015 World Cup when we had a fantastic campaign in England, but I
personally feel they have got stronger," he said at a MasterCard event in
"The speed that they are playing the game in the last
couple of years has been a lot faster than other teams.
"But, we don't often get the chance to come up against
northern hemisphere teams a lot... so this is a great test for the All Blacks,
just to see where they are at.
"I just think the speed at which the All Blacks play
the game might just be a little bit too much for England to live with them for
Beauden Barrett, the current occupant of the 10 jersey in
which Carter shone for New Zealand, has been criticised for his place-kicking.
However, Carter has given him a ringing endorsement.
"I think what differentiates him from other 10s around
the world is his attacking mind-set and just having, not only the skills, but
more importantly the speed that he has to create these opportunities," he
said of the Hurricanes star, who has 31 test tries at the tender age of 27.
"The opposition can have all the momentum and putting
all the pressure on the All Blacks, and then a moment of brilliance from a guy
like Beaudy, who is fast enough to get through gaps that not many other players
can, can just turn the game."
Come Saturday, Barrett and his New Zealand team-mates will
be hoping to live up to Carter's praise.
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe
Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Ryan Crotty