Flood: Carter is the key man
It is no wonder Toby Flood highlighted the importance of keeping Dan Carter locked down at Twickenham on Saturday - because the statistics show he is good enough to beat England on his own.
Carter has played eight Tests against England, dating back to Dunedin in the summer of 2004, and the average score is: Carter 19 England 12.
"We need to manage him as well as possible. He is a huge part of what they do," Flood said.
Carter has only lost nine times in 75 Test appearances. The most notable and the most recent both finished with him off the field, prompting suggestions the All Blacks are lost without him.
When New Zealand lost to France in the 2007 World Cup quarter-final, Carter had been replaced with a calf problem.
Last weekend, Carter was replaced mid-way through the second half of the Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia as the All Blacks managed his return from ankle surgery. Stephen Donald came on, made two key mistakes and the Wallabies snatched a 26-24 victory with the final play of the game to end New Zealand's 15-Test unbeaten run.
For all his superstar status back home, Carter remains modest and he insisted this week that the All Blacks do not rely too heavily on him and captain fantastic Richie McCaw.
"I don't think it all fell apart because I came off. I don't think this team is too over-reliant on Richie and I," he said.
"We are a big part of this team, we have been around for a long time as captain and vice-captain but we are growing a strong core of leaders.
"There are guys in the team who have played a lot of Test matches. We have some young exciting players and a good balance. I am still confident in the other players, for sure."