Rugby Championship: Dan Carter starts for New Zealand against Argentina

Last Updated: 07/09/13 9:07am

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Dan Carter: Starts at fly-half against the Pumas

Dan Carter: Starts at fly-half against the Pumas

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Dan Carter will return to New Zealand's starting line-up for Saturday's Rugby Championship meeting with Argentina in Wellington.

The 31-year-old is named at fly-half after recovering from the calf strain that ruled him out of the back-to-back victories over Australia.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made three changes for the visit of the Pumas, with Francis Saili set to win his first cap after being named at inside centre in place of Ma'a Nonu, who is struggling with an ankle injury.

"With Ma'a's ongoing niggly ankle we have taken the opportunity to rest him and introduce Francis to international rugby," said Hansen. "We have complete faith in his ability to do the job.

"He is a very exciting, young player who has a multi-talented skillset that should suit test rugby."

The other change is also injury-enforced, Charlie Faumuina replacing Owen Franks at tighthead prop, while Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett is named among the replacements.

"We are expecting a very physical encounter but also one that will see them use the flair and talent of their backline," said Hansen.

"As always, we have put a huge focus on our preparation and we know that anything less will not be good enough to get the performance that we are looking for."

New Zealand: Dagg, B Smith, C Smith, Saili, Savea, Carter, A Smith; Woodcock, Hore, Faumuina, Retallick, Whitelock, Luatua, McCaw (c), Read.

Replacements: Coles, Crockett, B Franks, J Thrush, Cane, Kerr-Barlow, Barrett, Piutau.

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