Although first five Aaron Cruden should prove an able replacement for Carter, one-test flanker Steven Luatua has a huge challenge tonight in just his second Test and first as a starter.Otherwise the All Blacks have a consistent look to them but with five players - Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Richie McCaw, Andrew Hore, and Tony Woodcock - over 30 in their starting XV they definitely have an 'old boy' feel.
If the All Blacks win this game it will be their 100th victory over Australia from a total of 146 test matches played.
Craig Joubert has refereed the All Blacks on 11 occasions, resulting in nine wins, one draw and one loss. That defeat was against Australia in Sydney, in 2008. This weekend will be the eighth time he has officiated in a New Zealand v Australia test match.
This will be the 13th time the Wallabies and All Blacks have played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, and at the moment it's even with both sides having six wins at this venue. The All Blacks have won the last three matches at this stadium, the Wallabies haven't beaten the All Blacks there since 2008.
ANZ Stadium isn't a particularly happy hunting ground for the Wallabies, having won just one of their last five matches there (v South Africa, 2011). Most recently they lost the deciding third test match against the Lions on this ground.