Carter does the shuffle

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 2 Sep 2009 at 15:51

All Black coach Graham Henry is looking to put mercurial flyhalf Dan Carter on centre stage when they tackle the Springboks in what could be a decisive Tri-Nations Test in Hamilton next Saturday.

It was revealed on Wednesday, at the All Black training session, that Carter could wear the No.12 jersey against the Boks in Hamilton, with Stephen Donald set for a return at flyhalf.

The change is likely to come about after Luke McAlister fractured his cheek bone against the Wallabies a fortnight ago and Conrad Smith strained his hamstring in the same encounter.

Despite retaining the Bledisloe Cup with the last-gasp 19-18 triumph in Sydney, the All Blacks have [paid a dear price – with their midfield resources severely stretched.

Injuries to Wellington’s Tamati Ellison (calf) and Waikato’s Richard Kahui (shoulder) have further complicated matters.

At the one-day All Black training camp in Christchurch on Wednesday, Carter, regarded as the world’s best flyhalf, ran at inside centre, with Donald at No.10.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry suggested that the training combination could be significant.

“We’re just trying to pick the best team for this Test match,” Henry told a New Zealand media gathering.

“Dan can play [at] No.12 as we all know. He played No.12 for quite a lot of the game against Australia in Sydney [after Smith’s injury]. It’s just a matter of us picking the best team for this particular test,” Henry added.

The Donald/Carter combination has been used before – they started at No.10 and No.12 respectively in the All Blacks’ Test against the Wallabies in Hong Kong late last year – but it was not entirely successful.

In that match, won 19-14 by the All Blacks after they were 9-14 down at half-time, Ma’a Nonu replaced Donald three minutes into the second half to join Conrad Smith in the midfield, with Carter taking over at flyhalf and creating an immediate improvement.

Wednesday the backline had Jimmy Cowan at scrumhalf, Donald at flyhalf, Carter at inside centre, Ma’a Nonu at outside centre, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Joe Rokocoko on the wings, and Mils Muliaina at fullback.

The All Blacks forward pack is likely to be unchanged from the Sydney Test.

Kieran Read, who played well at No.8 in that match after getting the nod ahead of Rodney So’oialo, showed no signs of the knee injury he picked up in Sydney.



  • I am sure Morras would also be pleased – it suite our “out of the box” style of thinking! 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.09 15:56:56 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 1) : Morras thinking is out of a wine box!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.09 16:06:25 by BoetaC Reply

  • @BoetaC (Comment 2) :

    No wonder i like he’s ideas so much!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.09 16:09:46 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • I don’t think the test will be decisive at all. Its going to be a dead rudder

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.09.09 16:13:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Bit of a surprise if this happens.

    Donald must have struggled to get his onderbroek clean after the Durban test.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.09.09 16:16:09 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    Talkin about onderbroek – I heard this one the otherday and nearly needed a onderbroek myslef!

    The Boer runs with one helluva spoed into the kitchen, shouting at his wife: “Bring vir my ‘n skoon onderbroek, want ek het my nou so vir ‘n F*&^*^ leeu vererg!”

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.09 16:22:05 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • Comment 7, posted at 02.09.09 16:24:45 by BoetaC Reply

  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.09.09 16:25:55 by McLovin Reply

  • @BoetaC (Comment 7) :

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  • Comment 9, posted at 02.09.09 16:26:08 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • What does a Aussie fan do when they win a Tri-Nations Match?
    Switch off the playstation

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.09.09 16:28:43 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • @BoetaC (Comment 2) : 😀 😈 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.09 17:15:25 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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