Carter returns for All Blacks

Prop Crockett dropped to make room for fit-again stand-off

Last Updated: 20/09/12 10:43pm

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Dan Carter: New Zealand playmaker missed home wins over Argentina and South Africa with calf injury

Dan Carter: New Zealand playmaker missed home wins over Argentina and South Africa with calf injury

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Dan Carter has been named in New Zealand's squad for their final two Rugby Championship matches.

Carter missed the wins over Argentina and South Africa on home soil with a calf injury, the All Blacks maintained their 100 per cent record in the tournament in his absence.

He is among three fly halves named in the 28-man party for Tests against Argentina in La Plata on September 30 and South Africa in Johannesburg on October 7.

Aaron Cruden, who replaced Carter in the starting XV, and young understudy Beauden Barrett are the other stand-offs included, with the selectors opting to take four instead of the usual five props.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, whose side need two points to clinch the title, expects Carter to be available for both Tests.

"As we are only able to take 28 players on tour, to include Beauden we unfortunately have to leave one player behind and the logical choice was for a prop to miss out," Hansen said.

"In this case, it made sense to leave Wyatt Crockett at home as we can cover all our bases with the other four props."

New Zealand squad: Andrew Hore, Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Tony Woodcock, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Adam Thomson, Victor Vito, Aaron Smith, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Daniel Carter, Aaron Cruden, Tamati Ellison, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Israel Dagg, Hosea Gear, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Julian Savea

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