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NZ to replace Carter with Taylor

15th September 2013 09:20


SKY_MOBILE Dan Carter New Zealand

Out for six weeks: Dan Carter

The All Blacks are set to call up Tom Taylor to replace injured fly-half Dan Carter, who will play no further part in the Rugby Championship.

Carter will be sidelined for six weeks, coach Steve Hansen confirmed Sunday, meaning he will not reach his 100th Test cap until the end of year tour at the earliest.

Carter, who is on 97 Tests, damaged a shoulder when he was hit hard by Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis 15 minutes into the Rugby Championship Test in Eden Park Saturday. The All Blacks went on to win 29-15 with Du Plessis later sent off for a second yellow card offence.

Carter, the world's leading points scorer, will now miss New Zealand's remaining two Rugby Championship matches and their third Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia, with Dublin shaping up as the possible venue of his centennial Test.

"Hopefully, we can get him on the plane to go to Paris," Hansen said, referring to the All Blacks opening northern hemisphere match against France on November 9.

If Carter, who has had an injury-plagued year, plays in all three European internationals he will become only the fifth All Black to reach 100 Tests when the side meets Ireland on November 24.

Although Hansen felt Du Plessis's thundering tackle on Carter was legitimate, he had no sympathy for the Springbok hooker when he was sent off for a second yellow offence after elbowing Liam Messam in the throat.

"Bismarck will be disappointed because probably the first one wasn't a yellow card, but what he did the second time was just dumb," said Hansen.

"You can't elbow someone in the throat."

It was only Carter's third start in seven Tests played by the All Blacks this year after being sidelined by a broken hand and then a thigh injury.

The win over the previously unbeaten Springboks put the All Blacks, the defending champions, at the head of the Rugby Championship with away games against Argentina and the Springboks yet to be played.

"We haven't finalised that but it's likely to be Tom Taylor," Hansen told reporters at the team hotel when asked if a replacement for Carter would be needed for the Tests in La Plata and Johannesburg.

"He's shown us what he's more than capable of. He deserves to be here. He's got the mental attitude for it. It's tough on Colin (Slade) because he is here (as part of the wider training squad), but Tom would've been here if he hadn't got that rib injury so it's just a swap over."

Hansen added that Aaron Cruden had taken a full part in training late last week and was likely to be considered for the clash against Argentina on September 28.

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