Hansen taking no risks with Carter

Date published: October 7 2014

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Dan Carter will likely not be risked when New Zealand take on Australia in a Bledisloe Cup dead rubber next weekend in Brisbane.

Dan Carter will likely not be risked when New Zealand take on Australia in a Bledisloe Cup dead rubber next weekend in Brisbane.

The all-time leading points scorer in international rugby has not played a Test since 2013 because of a sabbatical, followed by a leg injury which ruled him out of the entirety of the Rugby Championship.

He fractured his fibula with the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final, and has played on 40 minutes since, against Southland.

However he struggled with some pain in the same area in that game and had to pull out of this weekend’s defeat to Tasman.

As a result it seems that Steve Hansen will not risk his fly-half against the Wallabies, with Beauden Barrett expected to feature while Aaron Cruden should also be recalled.

Carter, meanwhile, will probably continue to rest up with the next target New Zealand’s clash with the USA in Chicago at the start of November.

He could also feature for Canterbury in the ITM play-offs where they have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the top four.

“I’ll have to have a chat to him when we get home to see where he is at – and see whether we give him another game, miss the Brisbane one and he plays again if Canterbury make the semifinals or finals,” Hansen told Stuff.co.nz.

“We want to bring him in when he’s feeling confident rather than trying to bring him in and play his way through something. We did that for him last time and it became a nightmare.

“If we can bring him in when he’s injury free and confident in himself we’ll get the real Dan Carter.”

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