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Carter focusing on win

Dan Carter feels becoming world rugby's top points scorer will be a "special" moment but insists his only focus is on helping New Zealand complete a successful Grand Slam tour of the Home Unions with victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The Canterbury stand-off needs just three points to overtake Jonny Wilkinson's record of 1,178 as Test rugby's leading points accumulator, and is almost certain to do so against a Welsh side the tourists are expected to see off with something to spare.

"I probably will be (a bit nervous)," he said. "But it's about putting the team first and doing my job to better the team and win the Grand Slam."

He added: "That is more important than any record I can achieve. If we score four tries and I miss the kicks but we still win I will be happy, although actually I'd be pretty annoyed if I missed four kicks!

"I am not big on records but this is something very special and if I get the three points and get that record I will be very proud."

The fact that Carter will break the record against Wales seems apt. He made his debut against the men in red in a 55-3 demolition in Hamilton in 2003 and he has gone on to gather 150 points in his eight appearances against them, at an average of almost 19 points per game.

That figure is put into context when you consider that in those eight games Wales as a team have only managed to amass a total of 81 points.

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Carter, who says he will be fit to win his 79th cap on Saturday despite an ankle niggle, enjoys facing the Welsh.

"I have got quite a few games against the Welsh boys and I love playing these guys," he said. "They are a really proud and passionate team and nation, and it always a tough challenge. I'm sure it will be again on Saturday."


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