No Carter for Canterbury

Date published: October 16 2014

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All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter will not be in action for Canterbury in Saturday’s ITM Cup semi-final against Tasman in Nelson.

All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter will not be in action for Canterbury in Saturday’s ITM Cup semi-final against Tasman in Nelson.

Carter suffered a leg injury in the Crusaders’ loss to the Waratahs in the Super Rugby Final but returned to action three weeks ago when Canterbury hosted Southland three weeks ago.

He injured his shin in that clash and, despite trying his best to win his fitness battle, Canterbury coach Scott Robertson confirmed the 100-Test veteran will not be in action this weekend.

”Daniel’s not playing,” Robertson told Fairfax Media.

”He’s just not right.

”We’ve decided to give him more time.”

Robertson said although Carter was unavailable for Saturday, Canterbury would ”see how he progresses over the next week” if they beat Tasman to reach their seventh successive final.

”He trained with us, but he didn’t come through.” he added.

Robertson revealed that “an emotional” Carter made the decision himself and informed him of his decision before a training session.

”We could have waited for the captain’s run or the day of the game, but he knows his body well,” he explained.

“It was his call really.

”I’m not over the moon, but it’s been one of those years. You’d have loved Dan to play. He was a little bit emotional, to be honest with you, he would have loved to have played.

”He knows his time’s ticking in the red and black jersey, with the World Cup being next year and where he’ll go after that.

”It means a lot to him. He would have loved to have played on Saturday, but it didn’t happen.”

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