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Dan Carter aims to win World Cup with the All Blacks outside of New Zealand

Published 19/09/2015

Dan Carter insists New Zealand are hungry to be crowned world champions once again.
Dan Carter insists New Zealand are hungry to be crowned world champions once again.

Dan Carter insists New Zealand open their World Cup against Argentina at Wembley Stadium on Sunday determined to make history on two fronts.

No team has retained the Webb Ellis Cup and the All Blacks have yet to succeed on foreign soil in five attempts, their triumphs in 1987 and 2011 both delivered at Auckland's Eden Park.

Sean Fitzpatrick, skipper for the inaugural tournament, has spoken of the affect winning had on the desire to repeat the achievement in 1991, but Carter insists the ambition of Richie McCaw's world champions has not been dulled.

"There's huge hunger within the group. We have never won outside of New Zealand and this team is really excited by that challenge," Carter told Press Association Sport.

"We're also trying to do something that no other team has done before and that's win back-to-back World Cups.

"That's a couple of real driving forces for this team, so it's a real challenge that we have ahead."

Carter denies the All Blacks, who have named the most experienced starting XV in Test history containing 1,013 caps, will be able to play with greater freedom than in 2011 when they were burdened by the expectation of a nation.

"Whether we play home or away, we're always under pressure," the fly-half said.

"We saw playing at home in the last World Cup as an advantage because of the familiar surroundings and playing in stadiums that we're used to.

"At the same time there are so many Kiwis and supporters who are living over here and that will be great.

"The expectation on us here will be every bit as high as it was at home four years ago."

It is the All Blacks' most powerful line-up that will face Argentina with number eight Kieran Read, scrum-half Aaron Smith, wing Julian Savea and centre Ma'a Nonu all present.

"There are six or seven teams who can win this World Cup and that's what makes it such an exciting - no one knows exactly who will win," Carter said.

"Any of the top tier teams could win and there will be upsets at this World Cup, there always are. It's so open."

Argentina have recalled prop Marcos Ayerza and centres Juan Martin Hernandez and Marcelo Bosch for their clash with their Rugby Championship rivals.

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