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All Blacks could lean towards an adlib style of play

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James Mortimer     22 May 2013     Getty Images

With an even 50 tries scored last year, the All Blacks finished 2012 as the premier attacking team by some margin, but suggestions that perhaps their offensive systems had a touch of predictability about it, whether true or not, have been taken to heart by the side.

A common sight was the All Blacks shifting their point of attack numerous times, often using wide runners to set up attacking rucks anywhere on the field, but Carter told Fairfax Media that there will be some new tricks on sight for the number one ranked rugby team.

One of the most glorious views from the All Blacks last year was their ability to attack off first phase play, but there will be more variety in 2013 if the talk proves to be true.

"It's (our attack) the same in terms of direction," he said.

"But as a first five you have the confidence of being able to attack wherever you want on the field and not specific areas which we've had in the past. Basically you have the confidence to call what you want through what the defence shows you which is always good to have."

Carter said that the way opposition sides were examining the All Blacks was something talked about in the first camp.

"We notice teams do analyse us a lot," Carter admitted.

"So if they are putting pressure on one specific area we can attack others. It gives us a lot more balanced attack. That's what we've worked on."