Dan Carter no-show for Highlanders

Crusaders gear up for Highlanders match

RICHARD KNOWLER
Last updated 14:53 05/02/2013
Kieran Read
Iain McGregor

TRAINING: Crusaders captain Kieran Read in pre-season training at Rugby Park in Christchurch today.

Opinion poll

Are you hanging out for the start of the Super 15 season?

Absolutely

No, it's still summer!

Vote Result

Wyatt Crockett
Iain McGregor
SET TO PLAY: Wyatt Crockett expected in Oamaru.

Relevant offers

Rugby

Graham Henry has 'no doubt' over Dan Carter Ryan Crotty shaving his beard for charity Canty win three-in-a-row Nonu out for season, Carter back for Cantabs Carter unlikely to play in Rugby Championship Revamped Canterbury side for Northland clash Recovery: The long road back Hansen admits All Blacks 'gutted' to miss win Coach Todd Blackadder's job at Crusaders safe Dan Carter to miss Bledisloe Cup tests

All Blacks Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Dan Carter are not expected to be available for the Crusaders' pre-season match against the Highlanders in Oamaru on Friday afternoon.

Read, who will captain the Crusaders in the absence of Richie McCaw this season, and Dan Carter will be given more time to concentrate on their pre-season training, while Whitelock is still nursing a minor shoulder complaint.

All Blacks tighthead prop Owen Franks and hooker Corey Flynn are unlikely to play, but Luke Romano and Wyatt Crockett, who toured the northern hemisphere with the All Blacks late last year, should make their first appearances of the season.

'' 'Reado' will have another week off just to get his body right because he has a fairly high workload,'' Crusaders forwards coach Dave Hewett said.

''He needs to have that condition put back on him before he actually takes the field. A lot of it is about managing the player, rather than being concerned about the injuries.''

Whitelock's injury is not serious.

''He probably won't get a run,'' Hewett said.

''He is almost fully back from a shoulder complaint he had. He will be given a bit of time to go through a full rehab process and game conditioning process before we drop him in the deep end.''

Although Franks played the opening quarter of last weekend's match against the Hurricanes in Timaru, Hewett said, he was always likely to be rested for this match.

A pre-season planning meeting between head coach Todd Blackadder, Hewett and Franks determined he would follow this programme.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content