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Carter keen to face Poms


Toby Robson

Dan Carter ... determined to line up against England.

Dan Carter ... determined to line up against England. Photo: AFP

LONDON: Dan Carter has more reason than most to risk a return against England as he looks for the first unbeaten season of his illustrious Test career.

The odds on the five-eighth running on to Twickenham on Saturday have shortened dramatically after he made it through Tuesday's light training session unscathed.

A week ago Carter was a 50-50 prospect at best, dodgy enough for the selectors to pluck Tom Taylor off a beach in Thailand.

Now, it seems, the world's best five-eighth is determined to torment England once again, a side against who he has averaged 18.5 points in nine Tests. It is no surprise Carter is making every effort to shake off the annoying pain at the junction of his calf and Achilles.

The injury kept him out of the Wales Test, but to finish this season on the sidelines will be as appealing as a dip in the Thames. ''It's the last game of the year and I want to be a part of it. The week for me is doing whatever I can to get myself into a position to play,'' he said.

The 30-year-old was adamant his recent history of serious leg injuries was not a concern. His body was in ''good nick'' and he wondered if recurring niggles in his right leg were because of overcompensating after post-World Cup groin surgery on his left. After last season's heart-breaking Cup calamity, this year-ender holds special appeal.

''The drive is there and that's the most important thing. The hunger for the game and enjoyment and desire to go out and play as well as I can each week is still there,'' he said.

Now he has the chance to lie on his beach towel with the broad smile of being part of an unbeaten Test season.

He has achieved most things, but an unbeaten Test season is not one.


Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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