Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Recalled All Black Dan Carter scores for Canterbury against Auckland

Recalled All Black Dan Carter scores for Canterbury against Auckland

A fit again Dan Carter has been recalled to the All Black squad as he looks to have recovered well from his injury. Carter has played two matches for Canterbury in the Air New Zealand Cup, scoring against Auckland this past weekend.

Carter, who injured himself while playing for Perpignan in the Top 14, has been through a lengthy recovery period after the Achilles injury he picked up against Stade Francais 6 months ago.

While the All Blacks have clearly been missing him, Carter has been in a race to prove his fitness after spending most of the year in rehabilitation, and on beautiful French beaches.

He's now back though, and the star flyhalf has been called up to the All Black squad for the remainder of the Tri Nations. His return, playing less than a handful of domestic games, has been impressive, with him showing very few signs of the time off.

"He is a key member of the All Blacks, has recovered well from his injury and has made a great return to rugby so now is the right time to bring him back into the squad," coach Graham Henry said.

He scored all of Canterbury's points in their 22-16 win over Auckland this past weekend, getting over the tryline in the process for this well taken try.

"Obviously I haven't got that many games under the belt, but each week I'm feeling more comfortable. If I'm asked to play I'll be keen and ready to go. Getting back in the black jersey has been what I'm working towards."

Time: 02:02

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:45 pm | View Comments (14)

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lock08 August 11, 2009 1:32 pm

It's a big step from Air NZ to international. On the other hand he is a hell of a player!

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realrugby August 11, 2009 2:39 pm

If anything, he'll provide some stability. He may not be ready physically, so it's good that he's such an excellent distributor and can influence the game without having to physically dominate. The AB's will be glad to have him back.

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sebastian August 11, 2009 3:47 pm

the center didnt even properly side-step, he just went through and not a finger laid on him. weird defending really

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Anonymous August 11, 2009 4:17 pm

Anyone is better than Donald.

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Huh!! the 3rd August 11, 2009 8:43 pm

Agree with 'realrugby'. But I think McAllister should start with Carter off the bench. McAllister to deal with the physicality that SA and Oz will provide, and he'll give the ABs a similar running and kicking style as Carter for when he comes on.

Won't happen that way, can't see Carter warming the bench, but it might be better to reintroduce him slowly. Another full game for Canterbury will go along way.

I'm sure someone will point out that one player can't win games, but, they can obviously influence things (especially fly half) and galvanise their teammates which lead to winning.

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realrugby August 11, 2009 9:39 pm

@ Huh!!! the 3rd... - I'm a big McAlister fan and think he should be in there ahead of Donald, so what's gonna happen when Carter starts at 10: McAlister should start at 12 ahead of Nonu. It'd be interesting to see that battle for 12 between Nonu and McAlister, to see how good it makes them both, and to see who comes out on top. I gotta say, I think McAlister would win that battle and would be better there. McAlister's brings more to the game. A greater skillset. Quicker in his passes, decision making, reading the defense, mentally, physically, etc. Oh, yeah, and he can kick, so it adds another threat there besides Nonu's steamrolling. Imagine bringing Nonu in off the bench the last 20-30 minutes of a game and just being a wrecking ball to a tiring defense....

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realrugby August 12, 2009 2:50 am

This is what I'm talking about. I'm glad the AB coaching staff apparently reads comments on RD and took my advice:) What McAlister lacks in line-breaking power compared to Nonu he more than makes up for it with all the other things he brings to the table. Hope he starts and I hope it works ---

"When the backs and forwards split into their respective session, Carter spent most of the time at 10with Luke McAlister runnng at second five."


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Anonymous August 12, 2009 2:56 am

Carter will make no difference, Boks have their own Wilkinson now

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 5:13 am

I feel for Donald, he's a decent player capable of doing his job, but he's always gonna be compared to Carter.

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filipe August 12, 2009 8:09 am

even the ref was happy with carter's try, they must really miss him in the AB's

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poopaul August 12, 2009 8:28 am

Donald is crap. I used to support him and think he would come through but he didnt, he made a mistake every single time he touched the ball in the last test and he looks like a little rabbit running in front of a car. Cant agree more with you guys on the nonu issue, macalister must run 12 now surley! go abs! And i hope lenard finds the form we all know he is capable of.

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 8:43 am

Huh!! the 3rd said....

I'm sure someone will point out that one player can't win games, but, they can obviously influence things (especially fly half) and galvanise their teammates which lead to winning.

Tell that to the All Blacks who conceded 31 points against Morne Steyn.

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ybr August 13, 2009 9:31 am

Luke McAlister is fat and useless

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