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Dan Carter hoping to have last laugh as Australia gaffe exposes tactics

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A relaxed Dan Carter during the New Zealand captain's run at Twickenham yesterday

A relaxed Dan Carter during the New Zealand captain's run at Twickenham yesterday

A relaxed Dan Carter during the New Zealand captain's run at Twickenham yesterday

Michael Cheika's World Cup final plans appear to have been laid bare before the world after Wallabies scrum coach Mario Ledesma was pictured at Twickenham yesterday holding a piece of paper containing tactical information.

The document reveals Australia's plans to "rattle" New Zealand No 8 Kieran Read, while they also want to "expose" wingers Julian Savea and Nehe Milner-Skudder under the high ball.

In total, nine bullet-points of tactical information were exposed in the photograph, which will surely have All Black coach Steve Hansen on high alert ahead of today's final (4.0).

Included in the information are Australia's kick-off strategy and their notes on the defensive actions of New Zealand backs Ma'a Nonu and Dan Carter.

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The tactical document that revealed some of Australia's final plans

The tactical document that revealed some of Australia's final plans

The tactical document that revealed some of Australia's final plans

What impact the leak has on the New Zealand preparation remains to be seen, as the world champions prepare to say goodbye to some of their greatest players including Carter, Nonu, Conrad Smith, Keven Mealamu and Richie McCaw by retaining their title.

Carter is bidding to make up for a career filled with World Cup heartache as he plays in his first final.

Injury ruled him out of New Zealand's win in 2011, while defeat to France at the quarter-final stage in 2007 ended his hopes of glory. After that win at Eden Park, the man who is considered the finest out-half of his generation, resolved to get back to the world's biggest stage.

Today, he plays his final game in a black jersey before moving to Racing 92 for the European season.

"Immediately after that I was pretty devastated but I knew I had a lot to add to New Zealand rugby," he said of 2011. "That's why I re-signed a four-year deal immediately after that World Cup - 2012 was one of my better years in my career.

"The reason I signed the four-year deal was to give myself another chance at a World Cup.

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"It was pretty far-fetched, but I just wanted to be a part of this side at the World Cup, it has been driving me for the last couple of years. It's been pretty special to be a part of such a special side.

"I had a pretty good run for the first eight years of my career. Then found it pretty tough with injuries and form. It's just that love for the jersey and wanting to play at the highest level, represent the country, play alongside your best mates. It's something that really gets you through those tough times when you are injured and rehabbing.

"There were moments when I thought it might be the end but I fought through that and where I am today, I am pretty grateful for that and grateful to the coaches for sticking by me.

"A big part of my motivation was repaying their trust in me."

However, Hansen insisted that success or failure in today's final will not define his No 10's career.

"A guy who has played over 100 Test matches like Dan has, his career is not defined by one game. I think he's already defined his career; it's been one of greatness," he said.

"He's added to the All Black jersey in many, many ways and over many, many Test matches. It is an important Test match for him and everyone involved, but it certainly won't define his career."


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