Dan Carter not travelling to South Africa

Liam Messam takes on the Crusaders defence.
Liam Messam takes on the Crusaders defence.
Lelia Masaga has a cut at the Crusaders defence.
Lelia Masaga has a cut at the Crusaders defence.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma is downed by Owen Franks.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma is downed by Owen Franks.
Dan Carter strolls over the line to score a try.
Dan Carter strolls over the line to score a try.
Sam Whitelock takes on the Reds defence.
Sam Whitelock takes on the Reds defence.
Richie McCaw looks on from the Crusaders bench during his side's Super Rugby qualifier with the Reds.
Richie McCaw looks on from the Crusaders bench during his side's Super Rugby qualifier with the Reds.
Ryan Crotty dives over to score for the Crusaders.
Ryan Crotty dives over to score for the Crusaders.
Tom Marshall of the Crusaders is dumped by Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Tom Marshall of the Crusaders is dumped by Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Highlanders player Ben Smith jumping in the air for the ball with Crusaders Matt Todd & Dan Carter.
Highlanders player Ben Smith jumping in the air for the ball with Crusaders Matt Todd & Dan Carter.
Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders is tackled by Kade Poki of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders is tackled by Kade Poki of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear being tackled by Crusaders players Dan Carter (left) & George Whitelock.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear being tackled by Crusaders players Dan Carter (left) & George Whitelock.
Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg celebrates.
Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg celebrates.
Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty tries to escape Chiefs flanker Sam Cane.
Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty tries to escape Chiefs flanker Sam Cane.
Willi Heinz of the Crusaders is tackled by Ben Smith of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Willi Heinz of the Crusaders is tackled by Ben Smith of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Crusaders first five-eighth Dan Carter.
Crusaders first five-eighth Dan Carter.
Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg takes off.
Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg takes off.
Crusaders Kieran Read on his way to the try-line.
Crusaders Kieran Read on his way to the try-line.
Kieran Read runs out at AMI stadium.
Kieran Read runs out at AMI stadium.
Dominic Bird of the Crusaders attended to by the team doctor during his side's Round 16 clash with the Waratahs in Christchurch.
Dominic Bird of the Crusaders attended to by the team doctor during his side's Round 16 clash with the Waratahs in Christchurch.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders passes the ball back to Kieran Read under pressure from Waratah Kane Douglas.
Zac Guildford of the Crusaders passes the ball back to Kieran Read under pressure from Waratah Kane Douglas.
Luke Romano wins a lineout for the Crusaders against the Waratahs.
Luke Romano wins a lineout for the Crusaders against the Waratahs.
Michael Hopper of the Waratahs makes a charge against the Crusaders at AMI Stadium.
Michael Hopper of the Waratahs makes a charge against the Crusaders at AMI Stadium.
Zac Guildford (centre) and the Crusaders lament their loss to the Chiefs.
Zac Guildford (centre) and the Crusaders lament their loss to the Chiefs.
Ben Funnell spins the ball wide against the Chiefs.
Ben Funnell spins the ball wide against the Chiefs.
Tom Taylor attempts a shot at goal against the Chiefs.
Tom Taylor attempts a shot at goal against the Chiefs.
Andy Ellis surveys his options from the base of the scrum against the Crusaders.
Andy Ellis surveys his options from the base of the scrum against the Crusaders.
Andy Ellis talks to the crowd after being presented with a mere in recognition of playing 100 games for the Crusaders.
Andy Ellis talks to the crowd after being presented with a mere in recognition of playing 100 games for the Crusaders.
Dan Carter unleashes a kick for the Crusaders against the Blues.
Dan Carter unleashes a kick for the Crusaders against the Blues.
Crusaders fans show their support for the team in the clash against the Blues.
Crusaders fans show their support for the team in the clash against the Blues.
Sam Whitelock takes breather during the clash against the Blues.
Sam Whitelock takes breather during the clash against the Blues.
Robbie Fruean (left) and Joe Moody celebrate after the Crusaders win over the Brumbies in Canberra.
Robbie Fruean (left) and Joe Moody celebrate after the Crusaders win over the Brumbies in Canberra.
Sam Whitelock gets a pass away in the tackle.
Sam Whitelock gets a pass away in the tackle.
Ryan Crotty on the charge against the Brumbies.
Ryan Crotty on the charge against the Brumbies.
Dan Carter is taken in the tackle.
Dan Carter is taken in the tackle.
Dan Carter made his return to action for the Crusaders against the Rebels.
Dan Carter made his return to action for the Crusaders against the Rebels.
Owen Franks of the Crusaders charges into Nic Stirzaker of the Rebels.
Owen Franks of the Crusaders charges into Nic Stirzaker of the Rebels.
Ben Funnell is taken in the tackle by the Rebels.
Ben Funnell is taken in the tackle by the Rebels.
George Whitelock leads the Crusaders on to AMI Stadium for the game against the Rebels.
George Whitelock leads the Crusaders on to AMI Stadium for the game against the Rebels.
Israel Dagg tries to evade the tackle.
Israel Dagg tries to evade the tackle.
The Crusaders celebrate after scoring a try against the Highlanders.
The Crusaders celebrate after scoring a try against the Highlanders.
Luke Whitelock charges into the Highlanders defence.
Luke Whitelock charges into the Highlanders defence.
Zac Guildford chases after the loose ball.
Zac Guildford chases after the loose ball.
Robbie Fruean fends off Kyle Godwin as the Crusaders went down to the Force in Perth.
Robbie Fruean fends off Kyle Godwin as the Crusaders went down to the Force in Perth.
Luke Romano dives over for a try which would later be disallowed.
Luke Romano dives over for a try which would later be disallowed.
Israel Dagg is tackled by the Force's Junior Raolea.
Israel Dagg is tackled by the Force's Junior Raolea.
Sam Whitelock breaks a line during the Crusaders' loss to the Force.
Sam Whitelock breaks a line during the Crusaders' loss to the Force.
Owen Franks is tackled during the Crusaders 21-17 loss to the Sharks in Durban.
Owen Franks is tackled during the Crusaders 21-17 loss to the Sharks in Durban.
Andy Ellis scores a try during the Crusaders' loss to the Sharks.
Andy Ellis scores a try during the Crusaders' loss to the Sharks.
Franco van der Merwe of the Sharks out-jumps Sam Whitelock.
Franco van der Merwe of the Sharks out-jumps Sam Whitelock.
The Sharks celebrate their win over the Crusaders in Durban.
The Sharks celebrate their win over the Crusaders in Durban.
Matt Todd of the Crusaders scores a try during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
Matt Todd of the Crusaders scores a try during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
The Crusaders celebrate the win during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
The Crusaders celebrate the win during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
Crusaders celebrate the try of Matt Todd during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
Crusaders celebrate the try of Matt Todd during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
Tom Marshall of the Crusaders during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
Tom Marshall of the Crusaders during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Crusaders in Cape Town.
Zac Guildford runs the ball against the Kings.
Zac Guildford runs the ball against the Kings.
The Crusaders score a try against the Kings.
The Crusaders score a try against the Kings.
The Crusaders score a try against the Kings
The Crusaders score a try against the Kings
Captain Kieran Read was a standout in the Crusaders win over the Bulls in Christchurch.
Captain Kieran Read was a standout in the Crusaders win over the Bulls in Christchurch.
Zac Guildford watches from the stands as the Crusaders beat the Bulls.
Zac Guildford watches from the stands as the Crusaders beat the Bulls.
Robbie Fruean celebrates his try as the Crusaders finally get a win this season over the Bulls.
Robbie Fruean celebrates his try as the Crusaders finally get a win this season over the Bulls.
Tom Marshall fends off a Bulls tackle.
Tom Marshall fends off a Bulls tackle.
Ryan Crotty makes a break during the Crusaders win over the Bulls.
Ryan Crotty makes a break during the Crusaders win over the Bulls.
Kieran Read looks on disconsolately after the Crusaders one-point loss to the Hurricanes.
Kieran Read looks on disconsolately after the Crusaders one-point loss to the Hurricanes.
Ryan Crotty makes a break for the Crusaders.
Ryan Crotty makes a break for the Crusaders.
Israel Dagg (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against the Hurricanes.
Israel Dagg (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against the Hurricanes.
Dan Carter chases down the loose ball.
Dan Carter chases down the loose ball.
Robbie Fruean on the charge for the Crusaders against the Blues.
Robbie Fruean on the charge for the Crusaders against the Blues.
The Crusaders gather behind their goal-line after conceding a try to the Blues.
The Crusaders gather behind their goal-line after conceding a try to the Blues.
Dan Carter flings it wide.
Dan Carter flings it wide.
Crusaders win the lineout against the Blues at Eden Park.
Crusaders win the lineout against the Blues at Eden Park.

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.

NOT TRAVELLING: Dan Carter has confirmed that he won't be travelling with the Crusaders to South Africa.
NOT TRAVELLING: Dan Carter has confirmed that he won't be travelling with the Crusaders to South Africa.

‘‘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.

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