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Carter ton not revenge key for Read

New Zealand flanker 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 to face England 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 look to avenge the last December's lost.

"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.

"Certainly you don't like losing in a black jersey but there are a lot of things that have changed in the last 12 months.

"It is a completely different team in a different place right now, you want to win every time you play and that is our mindset this week."

With the All Blacks ranked as the best Test side in the world, Read is pleased with recent improvements but will not be resting on his laurels in approaching the England game.

"I think it [improvement] has shown throughout the year but you can't just rest on what you have done," he said.

"This is a massive test and we have got to be smart, we are in good shape. We do a lot of homework and the coaches do too.

"As players you are expected to do that as well, you can assume a few things but you have to make sure you know exactly what they are going to be doing on the field."

Stand-in captain Read has enjoyed a purple patch of form in recent months but believes the team's current tactics allow his to shine.

"I have improved I think," he said.

"I feel like I have grown my game a little bit more and the way we are playing is showcasing that.

"I just do my bit, I want to have influence every time I go out on to the field, I want to be the man who has the influence on big plays."


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