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The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (left) is set to become the first ever player to lead his country 100 times

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There is no more fitting setting for McCaw’s milestone than the venue where he led New Zealand for the first time

England vs Samoa: Stuart Lancaster declares Owen Farrell is not 'undroppable' after naming fly-half at centre

Lancaster says he has dropped Farrell in the past and says his father Andy has no influence on that matter

Richie McCaw will captain New Zealand for the 100th time

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McCaw skippered his country for the first time against Wales and has won a staggering 87 of the 99 Test in which he has captained New Zealand

‘You have to be physical with the All Blacks,’ says Rhys Webb

Wales vs New Zealand: All Black memories lose aura of invincibility now Rhys Webb faces up to reality

Scrum-half says it's a 'dream come true' to get the nod over Mike Phillips

George Ford (right) will start his first game for England at Twickenham on Saturday against Samoa, with Owen Farrell (left) moving from No 10 to inside centre

England vs Samoa: Stuart Lancaster backs George Ford to ‘be the boss’ at No 10

Bath man beats childhood friend Owen Farrell to outside-half spot, but has not shaken him off completely

Wales hope the return of centre Jonathan Davies can help bring about their first win over the All Blacks since 1953

Wales vs New Zealand: Jonathan Davies thrown straight back in for All Blacks by Warren Gatland

The outside centre has not played for four weeks since picking up a shoulder injury

Owen Farrell may find himself playing at inside centre after an unimpressive display at fly-half against the Springboks last Saturday

England vs Samoa: Chris Robshaw stands by Owen Farrell as back line goes on the offensive

The red rose must put on powerful display against Pacific Islanders to silence the doubters

Luther Burrell has been drafted into England’s squad and could start

Lancaster still dismisses suggestions of crisis but changes are on the way

England's head coach augments squad with new faces for Saturday’s must-win game against Samoa following five consecutive defeats

Ireland flanker Dominic Ryan is caught in the eye by Georgia’s Viktor Kolelishvili

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Irish flanker was making his debut when he was caught at the bottom of a ruck by Viktor Kolelishvili's boot

Samoa perform their traditional Siva Tau war dance before the match against Italy

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Autumn international was under threat after an administration dispute between Samoa's players and the Samoa Rugby Union

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