Dan Carter of the All Blacks during a training session at
the University of Glamorgan training fields in Cardiff,
Wales. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
Daniel Carter could be in doubt for Sunday morning's test
In the final training run for the test in Cardiff, the first
five felt some pain in his right leg when kicking and was
taken away for further assessment.
Carter appeared to hurt his leg earlier in the week, as
reported by the Herald, but before today's run there were
denials about any problems.
When questioned at the team announcement, coach Steve Hansen
was emphatic there was no issue with the champion five
However it did seem unusual that Carter's projected
appearance for interviews did not occur with some excuse
given about some conflicting task.
After the All Blacks practice, Hansen sent out a note which
said Carter had felt a twinge in his leg when he was involved
in some kicking drills during training.
He would be assessed by the medical staff in the next 24
hours and a decision on his involvement in the test would be
given at the captain's run.
If the medical staff and Hansen deliver the same message they
did to hooker Keven Mealamu when he damaged his calf against
Italy, they will withdraw Carter from the test.
They have a 32-strong squad and do not want to risk anyone
with injuries or are struggling with ailments or damage at
the end of a long season.
If Carter does not start his place will go to Aaron Cruden
because the other five eighths Beauden Barrett has been
guarding sore ribs this week.
Any news like Carter's defection will buoy Wales who are
searching for their first win against the All Blacks since