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Carter back in black to take points record

The Number 10 returns to the starting lineup just two points shy of Johnny Wilkinson’s Test points total.

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NEW ZEALAND FLY-HALF Dan Carter will almost certainly eclipse Johnny Wilkinson‘s international points record this Saturday when he returns to the All Black starting line up to face South Africa.

Carter is just two points behind Wilkinson’s Test points record of 1,195 and is one of four changes made to the side that demolished Fiji 60-14 last week.

He replaces Colin Slade at 10, while Jerome Kaino comes in at blindside flanker and Cory Jane and Sam Whitelock also return. Ma’a Nonu is preferred at centre to Sonny Bill Williams who starts on the bench.

Peter de Vlliers has also made four changes to his side, having gone down 39-20 to the Wallabies last weekend in a disapointing display. Second row Gerhard Mostert will make his debut replacing the injured Johann Muller, with Jean Deysel and Patrick Lambie also making their first appearances for the Boks.

Adi Jacobs returns to the side at outside centre, with Juan de Jongh switching to 12 and Wynand Olivier losing out.

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