Dan Carter back lacing up the kicking boots

Zac Guildford streaks away to score against the Bulls.
Zac Guildford streaks away to score against the Bulls.
Richie McCaw is held in the tackle by the Bulls.
Richie McCaw is held in the tackle by the Bulls.
Israel Dagg scores first try against the Western Force.
Israel Dagg scores first try against the Western Force.
DETERMINED: Israel Dagg just moments before scoring the first try for the Crusaders against the Western Force.
DETERMINED: Israel Dagg just moments before scoring the first try for the Crusaders against the Western Force.
Crusaders' players celebrate the Matt Todd try against the Western Force.
Crusaders' players celebrate the Matt Todd try against the Western Force.
Hika Elliot fends of Israel Dagg.
Hika Elliot fends of Israel Dagg.
Matt Todd scores a try against the Western Force.
Matt Todd scores a try against the Western Force.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders runs away to score a try against the Hurricanes.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders runs away to score a try against the Hurricanes.
Two captains, Richie McCaw and Nathan Sharpe talk after the match.
Two captains, Richie McCaw and Nathan Sharpe talk after the match.
Israel Dagg takes a high ball in front of Aaron Cruden.
Israel Dagg takes a high ball in front of Aaron Cruden.
Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett on the burst.
Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett on the burst.
Crusader Sean Maitland takes on Hurricane Tim Bateman.
Crusader Sean Maitland takes on Hurricane Tim Bateman.
Luke Romano scores for the Crusaders against the Chiefs.
Luke Romano scores for the Crusaders against the Chiefs.
Crusaders' Richie McCaw gets up-ended going for the high ball.
Crusaders' Richie McCaw gets up-ended going for the high ball.
Kieran Read scores for the Crusaders against the Chiefs.
Kieran Read scores for the Crusaders against the Chiefs.
Kieran Read rubs Jarrad Hoeata's face in the dirt.
Kieran Read rubs Jarrad Hoeata's face in the dirt.
Richie McCaw comes in to tackle Sona Taumalolo.
Richie McCaw comes in to tackle Sona Taumalolo.
Hurricanes players celebrate their win against the Crusaders.
Hurricanes players celebrate their win against the Crusaders.
Wyatt Crockett scores for the Crusdaders.
Wyatt Crockett scores for the Crusdaders.
George Whitelock of the Crusaders gets a yellow card.
George Whitelock of the Crusaders gets a yellow card.
Ben Smith and Andy Ellis have a punch up.
Ben Smith and Andy Ellis have a punch up.
Adam Thompson hits Andy Ellis into touch.
Adam Thompson hits Andy Ellis into touch.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders goes in for a try.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders goes in for a try.
Kieran Read of the Crusaders on the charge.
Kieran Read of the Crusaders on the charge.
Zac Guildford is tackled by Angus Ta'avao (top) and Steven Luata of the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Zac Guildford is tackled by Angus Ta'avao (top) and Steven Luata of the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Robbie Fruean on attack against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Robbie Fruean on attack against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Dan Carter cool under pressure against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Dan Carter cool under pressure against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Richie McCaw covers a cut lip against the Highlanders.
Richie McCaw covers a cut lip against the Highlanders.
Zac Guildford coming in for a try against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Zac Guildford coming in for a try against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Tom Marshall grabs a try against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Tom Marshall grabs a try against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Robbie Fruean on attack against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Robbie Fruean on attack against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
The Crusaders win a lineout against the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
The Crusaders win a lineout against the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Stirling Mortlock of the Rebels celebrates victory at the final whistle against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Stirling Mortlock of the Rebels celebrates victory at the final whistle against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Nick Phipps of the Rebels scores a try against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Nick Phipps of the Rebels scores a try against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Gareth Delve of the Rebels runs with the ball against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Gareth Delve of the Rebels runs with the ball against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Luke Whitelock and Sam Whitelock make a tackle against the Rebels.
Luke Whitelock and Sam Whitelock make a tackle against the Rebels.
Andy Ellis prepares to kick against the Rebels.
Andy Ellis prepares to kick against the Rebels.
Richie McCaw is tackled against the Rebels.
Richie McCaw is tackled against the Rebels.
Zac Guildford on the charge against the Reds.
Zac Guildford on the charge against the Reds.
Referee Bryce Lawrence sends off Wyatt Crockett against the Reds.
Referee Bryce Lawrence sends off Wyatt Crockett against the Reds.
Tom Taylor lines up a kick against the Reds.
Tom Taylor lines up a kick against the Reds.
Thomas Tracey, 6, Tom Hearn, 6, Ben Strickland, 6, Tatsumi Konishi, 6, and McNamara Kane, 6 at the game.
Thomas Tracey, 6, Tom Hearn, 6, Ben Strickland, 6, Tatsumi Konishi, 6, and McNamara Kane, 6 at the game.
Luke Romano on the charge against the Reds.
Luke Romano on the charge against the Reds.
Crusaders' Israel Dagg is tackled by Hurricanes' Ben May.
Crusaders' Israel Dagg is tackled by Hurricanes' Ben May.
Kieran Read leads out the Crusaders against the Reds.
Kieran Read leads out the Crusaders against the Reds.
Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush and Crusaders' Kieran Read battle for the ball.
Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush and Crusaders' Kieran Read battle for the ball.
Israel Dagg tackled by Ben Lucas as the Crusaders take on the Reds in Christchurch.
Israel Dagg tackled by Ben Lucas as the Crusaders take on the Reds in Christchurch.
Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett hits out at Hurricanes' Chris Eaton.
Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett hits out at Hurricanes' Chris Eaton.
Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean bursts clear for his first try against the Waratahs in Sydney.
Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean bursts clear for his first try against the Waratahs in Sydney.
Crusaders winger Zac Guildford gets a pass away against the Waratahs.
Crusaders winger Zac Guildford gets a pass away against the Waratahs.
Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read bursts into space against the Waratahs.
Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read bursts into space against the Waratahs.
Robbie Fruean takes time out during the Crusaders' defeat of the Waratahs in Sydney.
Robbie Fruean takes time out during the Crusaders' defeat of the Waratahs in Sydney.
Crusaders' Andrew Ellis passes against the Hurricanes.
Crusaders' Andrew Ellis passes against the Hurricanes.
Crusaders' Ben Franks on the charge against the Hurricanes.
Crusaders' Ben Franks on the charge against the Hurricanes.
Crusaders' Dan Carter passes against the Hurricanes.
Crusaders' Dan Carter passes against the Hurricanes.
Israel Dagg during the Crusaders match against the Stormers at the AMI Stadium at Addington.
Israel Dagg during the Crusaders match against the Stormers at the AMI Stadium at Addington.
Crusader Matt Todd in action against the Stormers.
Crusader Matt Todd in action against the Stormers.
Corey Flynn during the Crusaders match against the Stormers at the AMI Stadium at Addington.
Corey Flynn during the Crusaders match against the Stormers at the AMI Stadium at Addington.
Luke Whitelock pulls down a lineout throw at Loftus Versfeld.
Luke Whitelock pulls down a lineout throw at Loftus Versfeld.
Israel Dagg is hauled down by Bulls first-five Morne Steyn.
Israel Dagg is hauled down by Bulls first-five Morne Steyn.
Israel Dagg hops in the air to get a pass away in the tackle to team-mate Sean Maitland.
Israel Dagg hops in the air to get a pass away in the tackle to team-mate Sean Maitland.
Zac Guildford sends a pass out wide during the Crusaders' 32-30 loss in Pretoria.
Zac Guildford sends a pass out wide during the Crusaders' 32-30 loss in Pretoria.
Crusaders' No 7 Matt Todd attempts to charge down the kick of Morne Steyn.
Crusaders' No 7 Matt Todd attempts to charge down the kick of Morne Steyn.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders crosses over to score a try against the Lions at Ellis Park
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders crosses over to score a try against the Lions at Ellis Park
Sean Maitland of the Crusaders catches the ball against the Lions at Ellis Park
Sean Maitland of the Crusaders catches the ball against the Lions at Ellis Park
George Whitelock (L) and Corey Flynn of the Crusaders tackle Robbie Robinson of the Chiefs.
George Whitelock (L) and Corey Flynn of the Crusaders tackle Robbie Robinson of the Chiefs.
Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs gets a kick away while being tackled against the Crusaders at McLean Park.
Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs gets a kick away while being tackled against the Crusaders at McLean Park.
Dan Carter of the Crusaders sets up a try against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Dan Carter of the Crusaders sets up a try against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow of the Chiefs is tackled by Kieran Read of the Crusaders.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow of the Chiefs is tackled by Kieran Read of the Crusaders.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders attacks against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders attacks against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Israel Dagg of the Crusaders tackled by Jaco Taute of the Lions at Ellis Park
Israel Dagg of the Crusaders tackled by Jaco Taute of the Lions at Ellis Park
Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams passes the ball in-field as he is pushed to the ground by Israel Dagg.
Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams passes the ball in-field as he is pushed to the ground by Israel Dagg.
Kieran Read of the Crusaders wins the ball against the Lions at Ellis Park
Kieran Read of the Crusaders wins the ball against the Lions at Ellis Park
Alwyn Hollenbach of the Lions tackled by Robert Fruean of the Crusaders at Ellis Park
Alwyn Hollenbach of the Lions tackled by Robert Fruean of the Crusaders at Ellis Park
Crusaders No 6 George Whitelock brings down a kick-off, under pressure from his Chiefs opposite Liam Messam.
Crusaders No 6 George Whitelock brings down a kick-off, under pressure from his Chiefs opposite Liam Messam.
Israel Dagg is wrapped up in the tackle against the Cheetahs.
Israel Dagg is wrapped up in the tackle against the Cheetahs.
Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis crunched in a Cheetahs tackle.
Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis crunched in a Cheetahs tackle.
Sean Maitland scores a try against the Cheetahs.
Sean Maitland scores a try against the Cheetahs.
Crusaders players Sean Maitland's try.
Crusaders players Sean Maitland's try.
Fans at the new Christchurch Stadium in Addington.
Fans at the new Christchurch Stadium in Addington.
The new AMI Stadium before the Crusaders' match against the Cheetahs.
The new AMI Stadium before the Crusaders' match against the Cheetahs.
Blues first five Michael Hobbs is tackled by Crusaders second five Ryan Crotty.
Blues first five Michael Hobbs is tackled by Crusaders second five Ryan Crotty.
Luke Romano of the Crusaders wins a lineout against the Chiefs at McLean Park.
Luke Romano of the Crusaders wins a lineout against the Chiefs at McLean Park.
Blues captain Keven Mealamu in action against the Crusaders.
Blues captain Keven Mealamu in action against the Crusaders.
Young Crusaders No 10 Tyler Bleyendaal releases the ball to his outside backs.
Young Crusaders No 10 Tyler Bleyendaal releases the ball to his outside backs.
Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean makes the mistake of running at Nasi Manu and Adam Thomson.
Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean makes the mistake of running at Nasi Manu and Adam Thomson.
Crusaders Luke Romano (left) and George Whitelock put the hit on Highlanders reserve hooker Jason Rutledge.
Crusaders Luke Romano (left) and George Whitelock put the hit on Highlanders reserve hooker Jason Rutledge.
Crusaders wing Sean Maitland skips down the sideline at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Crusaders wing Sean Maitland skips down the sideline at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
George Whitelock crashes into the Highlanders defence.
George Whitelock crashes into the Highlanders defence.
Zac Guildord is tackled over the sideline by Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga.
Zac Guildord is tackled over the sideline by Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga.
Crusaders first five Tyler Bleyendaal  is scragged by Blues replacement Brad Mika.
Crusaders first five Tyler Bleyendaal is scragged by Blues replacement Brad Mika.
Crusaders captain Kieran Read loses his shorts against the Blues.
Crusaders captain Kieran Read loses his shorts against the Blues.
Crusaders captain Kieran Read after a Blues try.
Crusaders captain Kieran Read after a Blues try.

Dan Carter looks set to kick goals again when the Crusaders face the Bulls in Pretoria.

The Crusaders first five-eighth hasn't attempted any shots at goal since tearing a tendon that attaches the adductor longus tendon muscle to the bone during last year's World Cup.

Now, after the six-month rehabilitation which involved an operation on his left groin, the All Blacks star appears confident of taking over the goal kicking against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday morning (NZT).

After sitting out the opening three rounds, Dan Carter is expected to return to action next week.
After sitting out the opening three rounds, Dan Carter is expected to return to action next week.
Dan Carter signs a rugby ball for Bruce Hodge, health, safety and environment manager at the Christchurch Stadium site.
Dan Carter signs a rugby ball for Bruce Hodge, health, safety and environment manager at the Christchurch Stadium site.
Dan Carter helps as the goalposts go in at Christchurch Stadium..
Dan Carter helps as the goalposts go in at Christchurch Stadium..
Dan Carter gives the new Christchurch Stadium turf a test run.
Dan Carter gives the new Christchurch Stadium turf a test run.
Dan Carter could be back in the Crusaders' starting lineup when they host their home opener at their temporary stadium.
Dan Carter could be back in the Crusaders' starting lineup when they host their home opener at their temporary stadium.
Christchurch Stadium project manager Ant Beale and Dan Carter walk through the stands.
Christchurch Stadium project manager Ant Beale and Dan Carter walk through the stands.
Doing up his laces, Dan Carter gets ready for a ceremonial kick.
Doing up his laces, Dan Carter gets ready for a ceremonial kick.
Dan Carter chats with media at Christchurch Stadium.
Dan Carter chats with media at Christchurch Stadium.

Following the training at the team's base outside Rustenburg last night (NZT) Carter had a prolonged kicking session with team physiotherapist John Roche and seemed to be in no discomfort.

A short warm-up exercise involving an elastic band attached to his foot and the goal post was followed by the work-out which involved Carter taking shots from a variety of angles.

Having missed the opening three matches to allow him time to recover from a five-month break over the off-season, the 30-year-old made his first Super appearance of the year against the Cheetahs on March 24. He played the second 40 minutes.

THAT INJURY: Dan Carter lies in agony after his training injury midway through the Rugby World Cup.
THAT INJURY: Dan Carter lies in agony after his training injury midway through the Rugby World Cup.

Last weekend Carter started against the Lions and lasted three-quarters of the match in Johannesburg before Crotty took the field and Tom Taylor moved from No 12 to playmaker. Taylor retained the kicking duties that night.

Tyler Bleyendaal, who started at first-five for the opening three rounds, was the preferred goal kicker until relinquishing the No 10 jersey to Taylor for the Cheetahs match.

With Carter expected to take over the kicking in Pretoria, coach Todd Blackadder will be seriously considering whether to return the hard running Ryan Crotty to the starting line-up ahead of Taylor.

The Crusaders have no major injury concerns as they prepare to leave their training camp near Rustenburg and transfer to Pretoria tomorrow (NZT). Although Corey Flynn (calf), Andy Ellis (neck) and Robbie Fruean (ankle) sat out training earlier in the week, all three have recovered and are available for selection.

"They were all minor niggles and I woundn't put a guy at risk for a light training run like that,'' Blackadder said. "They're all good, they are all fine. There is no problem there.''

Hooker Flynns' leg was rigorously tested during an aggressive scrummaging session.

The team will have a day off before leaving for Pretoria. On their day off many of the players will go on a game safari or visit nearby Sun City.

Although the Bafokeng Sports Campus where the Crusaders have been staying for the last couple of days is isolated - there are no shops, restaurants or movie theatres - Blackadder, who has demanded an improvement in the performance following the 23-13 win over the Lions at Ellis Park last weekend, said it had proved an ideal location to prepare for a high-intensity mach against the Bulls.

"It has been perfect for us. I reckon we needed this, we needed to come together and get real clarity. Our guys have taken a lot of responsibility and they have put a lot of time and effort into their game and what the opposition will bring.

"It has been good to get away from all the distractions.''

Blackadder will name his team on tomorrow morning (NZT).

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