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Thursday 26 April 2018

Read: No All Blacks revenge mission

NEW ZEALAND back-row Kieran Read insists there is extra motivation for the All Blacks to beat England on Saturday, but it is Dan Carter's 100th cap and not a revenge mission that will be spurring the visitors on at Twickenham.

Carter will become just the fifth New Zealander to reach a century of caps if he is selected, with the 31-year-old fly-half likely to be in the team named by coach Steve Hansen for Saturday's Test.

England secured a surprise 38-21 win in the same fixture last year but Read revealed he will be more concerned with helping Carter mark his milestone achievement rather than looking to avenge last December's loss.

"I think you look at the man who Dan is and he will put the team above everything," said Read.

"But at the back of my mind, if he is playing, I would want to do well for him. It (looking for revenge) can affect you if you start chasing your tails, to be honest it has not been used as motivation at all."

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