Dan Carter not travelling to South Africa
Dan Carter has confirmed he will not travel to South Africa with the Crusaders.
Carter, who is expecting his first child with wife Honor, this morning tweeted he was ‘‘gutted’’ to not be going to the Republic for the Crusaders matches against the Stormers in Cape Town and Sharks in Durban on March 31 and April 6. This will be followed by a match against the Force in Perth a week later.
The squad will leave New Zealand after Saturday night’s match against the Southern Kings in Christchurch.
‘‘Gutted not to be heading to SA with @crusadersrugby but very excited about becoming a Dad for the first time in April,’’ Carter tweeted.
The Crusaders’ final match against the Force is on April 13.
The Crusaders management have been planning to cover Carter during his absence.
Recently they approached former Crusaders and Blues first five-eighth Stephen Brett about joining the squad for their tour but he is nursing a foot injury.
Tyler Bleyendaal and Tom Taylor are the other alternatives at No 10. But the latter is no certainty to be available for the match against the Stormers because he is still nursing a knee injury.
Crusaders attack coach Aaron Mauger earlier this week said several players could cover first-five, including halfback Andy Ellis.