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All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter passed fit to play Wales

NEW ZEALAND v WALES
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton Date: Sat, 26 June Kick-off: 0835 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales MW & online, with score updates online and on mobile phones; live on Sky Sports 1


Dan Carter
Fly-half Dan Carter has scored 1,038 points for the All Blacks

New Zealand star Dan Carter has been passed fit to face Wales in their second Test in Hamilton on Saturday.

The fly-half great had been suffering with a calf injury but Carter passed a fitness test on Thursday and will win his 69th All Blacks cap.

Carter pulled up and was replaced due to a tight calf in the 73rd minute of the first Test after scoring 27 points in the 42-9 win - including two tries.

But he will play in an All Blacks side that has seven changes from Saturday.

Full-back Mils Muliaina comes in after injury, centre Richard Kahui and lock Tom Donnelly return while Zac Guildford takes over from Joe Rokocoko on the wing.

And props Tony Woodcock and Neemia Tialata replace Owen and Ben Franks after their 42-9 victory in Dunedin while Jerome Kaino will play blindside flanker in Victor Vito's place.

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Full-back Israel Dagg (concussion) and lock Anthony Boric (cheekbone) drop out with Muliaina and Donnelly taking over with both having recovered from calf injuries.

Eye injury victim Conrad Smith sees Kahui take his place at centre.

Uncapped Auckland Blues utility back Rene Ranger comes on to the bench amid the changes.

Henry said: "We were forced to make changes. There's a lock injured, there's a centre injured and there's a full-back injured.

"There was a guy playing tight-head prop who's a youngster - he's 22 and has played in the last two Test matches and we don't think it's a good thing for him to play three in a row.

"So most of the changes have been forced on us. We haven't selected a side because we're playing Wales in the second Test and we won the first one 42-9.

"We've selected what we thought was the best team we can select.

"I think it's a balanced selection, a strong team. The two prop changes - our most experienced props were our first-choice props last year.

It appears like there are a lot of changes, but the changes are logical and mostly because of injury

All Blacks coach Graham Henry

"The lock change - Tom Donnelly was our first-choice lock with Brad Thorn at the end of year tour and he comes back in after injury.

"Jerome Kaino has been our number one six for a long time and he comes back in Victor Vito's place - he played very well last week - but Jerome had a bit of a calf muscle problem last week so we thought it best to rest him.

"It appears like there are a lot of changes, but the changes are logical and mostly because of injury."

The men in red have not beaten the All Blacks since 1953 and have never triumphed over them in New Zealand.

Their last victory over one of the Tri-Nations superpowers in the southern hemisphere was in New Zealand, though, Wales beating Australia 22-21 in Rotorua in the third-place play-off for the 1987 World Cup.

Wales' solitary victory on the home turf of one of the Tri-Nations giants was the 19-16 triumph over the Wallabies at Sydney Cricket Ground in 1969.

The last match between Wales and the All Blacks in Hamilton in 2003 ended in a record 55-3 home win, one of 23 Test victories for the southern hemisphere outfit in 26 matches between the two.


New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Cory Jane, Richard, Kahui, Benson Stanley, Zac Guildford; Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Neemia Tialata, Brad Thorn, Tom Donnelly, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt).
Replacements: Aled de Malmanche, Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock, Adam Thomson, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Rene Ranger.

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