Hamish Gard is the new Canty 10

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 7 Apr 2008 at 19:49
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Daniel Carter is determined to be back before the end of the Rebel Sport Super 14, but Hamish Gard will start in his place against the Lions on Saturday night.

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Both details emerged from today’s Crusaders training session, with coach Robbie Deans confirming that Gard will be placed in the pivotal position in Carter’s absence when the team is officially named on Thursday.

The 22-year-old goal-kicking utility back, who became the 125th Crusader when he debuted as a second half substitute against the Bulls at Pretoria, first appeared on the representative scene as a first-five-eighths during two pre-season Ranfurly Shield challenge matches for Canterbury in 2006.

Gard subsequently made 11 appearances for the province last term, although his four ‘starts’ in that campaign all came at second-five-eighths, as have his two appearances thus far for the Crusaders.

A product of Manawatu, Gard earned his second Super rugby cap off the bench against the NSW Waratahs.

No decision has yet been made on the readiness of Stephen Brett to return to duty, although he has been involved in some training with the team and is a possibility to return in some form on Saturday night.

Brett injured the AC joint in his shoulder during the Crusaders’ 55-7 win over the Cheetahs at AMI Stadium on March 15.

Also currently on the injured list are fullback Leon MacDonald and lock Brad Thorn, although neither is considered serious.

MacDonald underwent an ultra-sound scan last Friday which revealed a small muscle tear in his thigh. This has placed his participation in Saturday’s match in doubt. Thorn is being dogged by a nagging calf injury.

Meanwhile Carter, who is beginning the process of overcoming a high ankle strain, spoke of his determination to get back on to the field before the Super 14 ends when he addressed the media today.

“Hopefully, if everything goes well with the rehab, I will be back for a few games before the end of the campaign,” Carter says.

“It’s too soon to say exactly when I will be able to play again, but I’ll be doing everything that I can to get back into the Crusaders jersey as soon as I can!”

The All Black, who suffered his injury making a tackle during the second half of the Crusaders’ 20-13 win over the Hurricanes on March 28, has spent most of the last week on the couch, keeping his leg and ankle elevated.

He is still on crutches for now, with his injured ankle securely fastened in a moon boot.

While neither Carter nor Crusaders doctor Tony Page are prepared to speculate as to when the star backline pivot will be able to resume training, and then play, both are optimistic that he could be back before the playoffs.

Page noted that Carter had shown himself during his career to be a “good patient who does everything right”.

That habit, Page said, would be advantageous, in terms of getting the 26-year-old back on the field “sooner rather than later”.

Six matches remain in the preliminary phase of the competition, with the semi-finals, scheduled for the weekend of May 23-25.

The Crusaders face the Queensland Reds and the Highlanders in their final two matches before the semi-finals.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 08.04.08 07:16:30 by barend Reply
    barendVodacom Cup player
  • Hamish!!!


  • Comment 2, posted at 08.04.08 09:16:17 by Dawn Reply
    DawnUnder 19 player
  • you know this guy, Dawn?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.04.08 09:19:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • No I just dig his name!!


  • Comment 4, posted at 08.04.08 09:29:22 by Dawn Reply

    DawnUnder 19 player
  • aha

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.04.08 09:34:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • According to his CRU profile

    Hamish Gard A second cousin of the 1971-72 North Otago All Black Phil Gard, Hamish Gard became the 125th player to represent the Crusaders when he came off the bench during the 54-19 drubbing of the 2007 champion Bulls outfit at Loftus. Gard had earlier appeared 11 times for Canterbury in 2007, scoring four tries. This tally included a spectacular length of the field effort, which Gard finished off, during Canterbury’s Ranfurly Shield challenging success against Waikato in Hamilton. Equally at home as a first or second-five-eighth, Gard came to Canterbury from Manawatu, where his father Ross has enjoyed success coaching the Marist club. Gard arrived in Christchurch in 2005 to begin studying engineering at Canterbury University. He raised his blazer milestone, for 12 Canterbury appearances, during the win over the Tasman Makos in September. Gard’s presence adds a useful back up goal-kicker to the mix behind Daniel Carter and Stephen Brett.

    Player Stats
    Height 1.83m
    Weight 88kg
    Date Born 21/06/85
    Provincial Caps 14
    Provincial Debut 2006 v South Canterbury
    Super Caps 2
    Super Debut 2008 v Bulls

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.04.08 09:38:13 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • Bet ou Brett doesn’t start either… VAT HULLE LEEUWS! :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.04.08 09:42:10 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • The leeu’s are good in playing VAT en LOS…

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.04.08 09:49:24 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • I have immediately brought this guy into my FL team ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.04.08 09:49:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good move…

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.04.08 09:56:13 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • these guys are going to score 100 this weekend

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.04.08 09:57:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja…conversions galore…

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.04.08 10:17:32 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • he he… that’s my thinking too ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.04.08 10:31:25 by robdylan Reply
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