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Carter Recalled For Tri-Nations Showdown

New Zealand boosted by star's return to fitness

Posted Jul 29, 2011 by Chris White

Dan Carter is nearly at full fitness for the All Blacks

Fly-half Dan Carter is the key name on the New Zealand team sheet for this weekend’s Tri-Nations clash with South Africa, having come back from injury for the final 20 minutes of the All Black’s 60-14 victory against Fiji last week.

New Zealand are still under strength, with Carter one of four changes to last week’s 15, the others being Sam Whitelock starting at lock in place of Jarrad Hoeata, Jerome Kaino returns at blind-side flanker and Cory Jane is now fully recovered from his dislocated finger and he will start on the right wing.

Sonny Bill Williams is among the replacements and is likely to make his first home appearance in an All Blacks shirt.

South Africa, on the other hand, have a lot of work to do having gotten off to the worst possible start last week, going down 39-20 to Australia in Sydney. Lock Gerhard Mostert will make his first appearance for the Springboks, while Patrick Lambie starts at full-back. Mostert will partner Alistair Hargreaves in a brand new second row pairing, with Danie Roussow moving to the back row and Jean Deysel coming in at flanker.

The South Africans are without a total of 21 first choice players for the series, and three more picked up injuries in Sydney, making the task of beating the ten-time Tri-Nations champions even harder in Christchurch. As if it could be any harder!

New Zealand team: 15 Muliaina, 14 Janes, 13 Smith, 12 Nonu, 11 Guildford, 10 Carter, 9 Cowan; 1 Crockett, 2 Hore, 3 Franks, 4 Whitelock, 5 A Williams, 6 Kaino, 7 McCaw (Captain), 8 Thomson. Replacements: Flynn, Afoa, Hoeata, Messam, Weepu, Slade, SB Williams

South Africa team: 15 Lambie, 14 Basson, 13 Jacobs, 12 de Jongh, 11 Mvovo, 10 Steyn, 9 Pienaar; 1 Greyling, 2 Smit (Captain), 3 Kruger, 4 Mostert, 5 Hargreaves, 6 Stegmann, 7 Deysel, 8 Roussouw. Replacements: Ralepelle, van der Linde, Kankowski, Johnson, McLeod, Olivier, Ndungane.

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