All Blacks reserve fly-half Colin Slade has the backing of coaches, players and fans to cover the loss of injured playmaker Dan Carter as the top-ranked team seeks its first Rugby World Cup title in 24 years.
Dan Carter signed a four-year contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union that gives the All Blacks’ playmaker the option of another sabbatical overseas.
New Zealand’s Dan Carter, Test rugby’s all-time top points scorer, has hardly touched a ball in months.
All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter, the leading points scorer in Tests, was ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand because of a groin injury.
Dan Carter, rugby union’s highest scorer in elite Tests, will take a break from the sport next year in a bid to be fit for the 2015 World Cup.
"2015 is going to be a big year and I'm looking forward to getting into it."
- Dan Carter on Dec 17, 2014