Carter says World Cup preparations on point

2:05 pm on 18 September 2015

First-five Dan Carter says the All Blacks are confident they have left nothing out of their preparations for the defence of their Rugby World Cup title.

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Will Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen get to bring the Rugby World Cup home again? Photo: Photosport

About to begin his fourth World Cup campaign, Carter is hoping to exit the international stage on a high after a successful return to form following various injuries.

"I've experienced a few different preparations and when you get to a World Cup, what you want to know is that you haven't left any stone unturned and you don't want to be to be looking back at what things you would have done differently," he said.

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"There's nothing that I can think of [that has been left out] so we're really happy with the preparation and have that excitement in the air and the whole squad are ready to get into it"

New Zealand begin the defence of the title they won on home soil in 2011 by playing Argentina in Pool C on Monday morning (NZ time) at Wembley.

"It's going to be a really tough match first up. We played Argentina earlier in the year and they're quality opposition. We're wanting to start this tournament on the right note with the win but we'll have to play extremely well in order to do that."

New Zealand beat Argentina 39-18 in Christchurch in the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship match in July.

"This will be completely different. The World Cup brings a whole new challenge."

"Argentina are going to be at the peak of their powers, they're going to be in good form and they had some good success against South Africa after we played them earlier in the year so they're going to come into this game with a lot of confidence," Carter added.