Evans replaces injured Carter

Nick Evans has replaced fly-half Dan Carter in the New Zealand starting line-up for the second Test against France in Wellington on Saturday.

Nick Evans has replaced fly-half Dan Carter in the New Zealand starting line-up for the second Test against France in Wellington on Saturday.

Carter was initially named in the side despite being withdrawn at half-time of the 42-11 first Test win in Auckland last weekend after suffering an ankle strain.

Evans was initially named on the replacements bench, but has been replaced by Ma’a Nonu.

Doug Howlett also takes a place on the bench as Conrad Smith’s hamstring has not healed and Aaron Mauger is carrying a similar injury.

New Zealand squad to face France on June 9: Leon MacDonald; Josevata Rokococko, Isaia Toeava, Luke McAlister, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Nick Evans, Byron Kelleher; Tony Woodcock, Anton Oliver, Carl Hayman, Keith Robinson, Ali Williams, Jerry Collins, Rodney So’oialo, Richie McCaw.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Neemia Tialata, Chris Jack, Chris Masoe, Brendon Leonard, Ma’a Nonu, Doug Howlett.

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