Carter out of final Test with Ireland

Updated: June 20, 2012

The man who sealed the All Blacks second Test victory over Ireland on Saturday will miss the third and final Test match in Auckland with a hamstring strain.

Steve Hansen has made six changes to the world champions starting from last weekend’s second Test which so nearly ended in a first ever defeat against Ireland.

Aaron Cruden will replace Carter and partners Aaron Smith in the half back line while Richie McCaw will be played out of position at number eight.

Canterbury Crusaders lock Luke Romano was named to start in his first test. He replaces Brodie Retallick who has dropped to the bench.

Hansen was also forced to re-jig his loose forward combination after number eight Kieran Read was ruled out with concussion following a head knock in the match at Rugby League Park.  Liam Messam will return to the side as blindside flanker.

The coach has also changed both starting wingers with Julian Savea and Zac Guildford dropping out of the matchday 22 and being replaced by Hosea Gear and Ben Smith respectively.

New Zealand team to play Ireland at Waikito Stadium, Hamilton on Saturday.  Kick-off 8:35pm (New Zealand time): 15 Israel Dagg; 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear; 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith; 8 Richie McCaw (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Tamati Ellison.

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