New Zealand’s Dan Carter, Test rugby’s all-time top points scorer, has hardly touched a ball in months.
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.
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.
Dan Carter expects a full recovery in about three months after surgery on the groin injury that forced the All Blacks playmaker out of the World Cup, the New Zealand Rugby Union said.
New Zealand will be without fly-half Dan Carter for the opening matches of its southern hemisphere rugby championship defense because of a calf injury.
"I had mixed emotions."
- Dan Carter on Apr 16, 2014