Ouch! Can Dan Carter do it again?
Ouch, Dan Carter can't catch a break. Back from sabbatical in June, the All Blacks first-five eighth provided some late season flair and cool for the Crusaders before limping off in the Super Rugby final.
Kiwis were left frowning as their hero delicately trundled to the sideline in Sydney, wondering if their hero would walk out there again on August 16 wearing black.
We know now he will not. He's out for at least a month. He will miss the first two Bledisloe tests.
Carter's one of several All Blacks legends still in the mix for selection for the World Cup in England next year. He's joined by veterans like Richie McCaw, Tony Woodcock and Conrad Smith as players wanting to make it to the 2015 tournament.
But are they doing New Zealand rugby a disservice? Are they too prone to injury to go on? We saw the Springboks struggle with an old team at the 2011 tournament. Are we making the same mistake come 2015? Or do these vintage All Blacks still have much to offer and we ought to back them to deliver the goods at Twickenham?
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