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Carter returns for Pumas showdown

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Dan Carter on the sidelines when the All Blacks played the Springboks in Dunedin..

Dan Carter on the sidelines when the All Blacks played the Springboks in Dunedin.. Photo: Getty Images

BUENOS AIRES: New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter was named in the All Blacks team to face Argentina on Saturday after recovering from the calf injury which ruled him out of the 21-11 win over South Africa two weeks ago.

Aaron Smith comes in at scrum-half with Piri Weepu dropping to the bench for the latest Rugby Championship fixture.

There is just one change to the forwards bench with loose forward Sam Cane making his first match day apearance.

"We have huge respect for the Pumas, who have shown in the tournament just how good they are, and we are expecting even more from them this weekend as they are playing at home in front of their passionate fans," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

"The team has really enjoyed the build-up in Buenos Aires and the culture that the country has to offer, but we know that it will be down to business on Saturday and the team are excited by that challenge."

The All Blacks have played Argentina in 15 Tests since 1985, with the last game in Wellington earlier this month when New Zealand triumphed 21-5.

The All Blacks have won 14 times with a 21-all draw in 1985.

Carter and prop Tony Woodcock will be playing their 90th Tests this weekend while hooker Andrew Hore will play his 70th Test.

Skipper Richie McCaw, meanwhile, will play in his 44th Tri Nations/Rugby Championship game -- a record for a New Zealand player.

All Blacks team to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on Saturday: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Daniel Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam, Samuel Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

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