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New Zealand’s Dan Carter will make his 100th appearance for the All Blacks on Saturday

All things going to plan, Dan Carter’s 100th test match for New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday will not be the last time he plays for the team at E(...)

Kieran Read runs in to score his try against France. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

World champions New Zealand earned their 12th victory in as many games in 2013 by beating France 26-19 and handing their opponents an eighth straight(...)

Castres’ outhalf Remi Tales will start against the All Blacks.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken a gamble in his team selection for Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks, picking the inexperienced outhalf(...)

All Blacks Kieran Read, Steve Hansen (head coach), Richie McCaw and Sam Whitelock celebrate after their victory over South Africa at Ellis Park Johannesburg on October 5th, 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Ireland have never beaten New Zealand in a test match, they of the haka and famed black kit. What makes the All Blacks different?New Zealand’s record (...)

Seán O’Brien is tackled by Rory Kockott of Castres during last month’s Heineken Cup game at the RDS. O’Brien starred that day despite going into the match with his suspect ankle strapped up. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A nine-minute interview with Seán O’Brien is nothing more than a tease. A hastily-scribbled rough draft of what he really has to say. It’s enough for(...)

 Leinster’s Seán O’Brien is tackled by  Julien Tomas of Castres. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A nine-minute interview with Seán O’Brien is nothing more than a tease. A hastily-scribbled rough draft of what he really has to say. It’s enough for(...)

New Zealand’s  Beauden Barrett gets through the tackle of South Africa fullback Zane Kirchner   to score the bonus point winning fourth try during the Rugby Championship match  at Ellis Park  in Johannesburg. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa 27 New Zealand 38: New Zealand claimed the Rugby Championship title after a breathless final against South Africa in Johannesburg.The lea(...)

South Africa’s  Bismarck Du Plessis  hits New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter  during The Rugby Championship match  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

New Zealand 29 South Africa 15: Two tries from captain Kieran Read helped New Zealand grab the lead in the Rugby Championship on Saturday after a 29-1(...)

 New Zealand’s Aaron Smith  scores a try during the Rugby Championship victory over  Argentina at Waikato Stadium  in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand 28 Argentina 13: New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter became the first man to reach 1,400 Test points to help his side to a 28-13 Rugby Champion(...)

 Ma’a Nonu of the All Blacks is tackled by Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match  at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand 27 Australia 16: New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup for an 11th successive year with a comprehensive win over Australia at Westpac Sta(...)

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