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September 6, 2012

Late Carter injury forces change to All Blacks team

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Late Carter injury forces change to All Blacks team

By SANZAR News Service and allblacks.com

All Blacks first five-eighth Daniel Carter has been withdrawn from the team to play Argentina in The Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, this weekend, with a calf strain.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said Carter had been carrying a tight left calf this week but had been hopeful of playing.

"However, at training this morning it was apparent that he would not be able to play so we have done the sensible thing and withdrawn him from the Test match."

Aaron Cruden will now start the Test in the ten jersey, with Beauden Barrett, who made his Test debut against Ireland this year, called onto the All Blacks bench.

The revised team to play Argentina is now as follows: (with Test caps in brackets. * denotes new cap)

Starting XV:

1. Tony Woodcock (87)
2. Keven Mealamu (95)
3. Owen Franks (36)
4. Luke Romano (3)
5. Brodie Retallick (5)
6. Victor Vito (14)
7. Richie McCaw - captain (108)
8. Kieran Read (40)
9. Aaron Smith (5)
10. Aaron Cruden (12)
11. Julian Savea (2)
12. Ma'a Nonu (68)
13. Conrad Smith (58)
14. Cory Jane (33)
15. Israel Dagg (17)

Reserves:

16. Andrew Hore (67)
17. Charlie Faumuina *
18. Samuel Whitelock (30)
19. Liam Messam (12)
20. Piri Weepu (61)
21. Beauden Barrett (1)
22. Ben Smith (6)