Hansen to hand Carter 100th cap

Duncan Bech

DAN CARTER will play in his 100th Test match after being named in the starting line-up for the All Blacks' clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Crusaders out-half had been expected to be given his chance to win a 100th cap and head coach Steve Hansen has named the 31-year-old at number 10.

Lock Sam Whitelock will also pick up his 50th cap as Hansen has made just one change from the team that beat France 26-19, Julian Savea returning after illness to replace Cory Jane.

There is also one change in the replacements with lock Luke Romano in for Sam Cane.

Hansen said: "This is a Test match we are very much looking forward to. We were completely outplayed by them last year, but this is an opportunity for us to see if we have improved our game to the point where we can be competitive.

"We are expecting a really physical game with huge intensity, but also a game that will have high levels of energy, pace and skills."

England have named Dan Cole at tight-head prop in the only change to the starting XV that defeated Argentina.


Ireland loose-head prop Tom Court will leave Ulster at the end of this season for London Irish on a three-year contract.

The 33-year-old has played 135 times for his province, earned 32 caps for Ireland and made one appearance on tour for the British & Irish Lions this summer.

"I feel that this is the right decision with regards to me and my career at this stage," said Court.

"It is going to be very sad when the time comes to actually leave and finish up, but there is a lot of rugby left for me with the Province.

"There are six months remaining of this season, so there is even more motivation for me to make the most of it while I am here and to try and help Ulster win something."