All Blacks pivot Dan Carter is set to return to the world champions’ matchday squad against Scotland at Murrayfield this weekend.
Veteran All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter is set to return to the world champions’ matchday squad against Scotland at Murrayfield this weekend.
That was the word from All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster who said the team’s management would like to see the 32-year-old back in action.
“We are keen for Dan to get significant game time on this tour,” explained Foster.
“Whether he’s starting or comes off the bench, he’s likely to be there in some form.”
Carter has seen little action since breaking his leg while playing for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Final against the Waratahs in August.
He played one game for Canterbury in the ITM Cup and came off the replacements bench to play against the USA in New Zealand’s tour opener in Chigaco.
Foster compared Carter’s return with that of All Blacks team-mate Sonny Bill Williams who recently came back to the 15-man code after a two-year stint in rugby league.
“It’s not easy no matter how many tests you’ve played to just come back in and perform,” he added.
“Both Dan and Sonny [Bill Williams] have been asking lots of questions, but mainly it’s just getting them to feel the way the team is flowing. The more they’re in training the more we can simulate those situations.”
The All Blacks side will be named on Thursday.