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New Zealand name Dan Carter in their starting line-up for Saturday's Test against England at Twickenham

Last Updated: 29/11/12 10:33pm

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Dan Carter: Will start for New Zealand against England

Dan Carter: Will start for New Zealand against England

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Dan Carter has been cleared to return to the New Zealand starting line-up for their final Test of the year against England on Saturday.

The fly-half missed the 33-10 victory over Wales in Cardiff last weekend with a calf problem but has recovered in time for the Twickenham outing.

Carter replaces Aaron Cruden, who drops to the bench, in one of three changes to the All Blacks starting XV, although the team have also had to contend with a sickness bug.

All but two squad members have suffered with diarrhoea and vomiting, but head coach Steve Hansen was confident everyone would pull through and said: "Hopefully we've been smart enough to keep energy tanks full."

All Blacks number eight Kieran Read said: "Hopefully it's a 24 hour thing. It's just something you have to handle and we'll be alright for Saturday."

Brodie Retallick is preferred in the second row over Luke Romano, who scored a try in the win over Wales, while Tony Woodcock retains his place after shaking off an injury.

Keven Mealamu was passed fit and named at hooker in place of Andrew Hore, who starts a five-week ban imposed for striking Welsh lock Bradley Davies.

Hansen added: "There is huge motivation within the team to finish the season off on a high and real excitement ahead of this weekend, with a packed house at Twickenham always a great occasion.

"We know that the English will lift themselves for their final match of the year, especially following their two recent narrow defeats (to South Africa and Australia) and we need to be prepared to match them in all facets.

"They (England) are big men and they are probably one of the biggest packs that we will come up against.

"They will bring a physical, combative game, there is no question about where they are going to come. They will have one-off runners and two runners round the corner so they are going to come straight at you."

New Zealand: Dagg, Jane, Smith, Nonu, Savea, Carter, Smith, Read, McCaw (captain), Messam, Whitelock, Retallick, Franks, Mealamu, Woodcock.

Replacements: Coles, Crockett, Faumuina, Romano, Vito, Weepu, Cruden, Smith.

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