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Dan Carter remains philosophical over playing future

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Liam Napier

Stoic: Carter.

Stoic: Carter. Photo: Getty Images

Hobbled but far from despondent, Dan Carter portrayed a mixture of frustration and resolve as he spoke about his latest injury setback for the first time today.

Carter displayed a noticeable limp, though walked without crutches, as he strolled into Auckland's Pullman Hotel to launch the "For Everyone" Charitable Foundation; a charity set-up by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, Carter and Ali Williams to give community grants throughout New Zealand.

The 32-year-old five-eighth, who has been replaced in the All Blacks' Rugby Championship squad by Colin Slade, will be sidelined for at least one month as he recovers from a fractured fibula suffered in last weekend's Super Rugby final loss to the Waratahs.

That will see him miss the first two Bledisloe Cup tests against the Wallabies in Sydney and Auckland.

"It's frustrating but that's sport. I'm obviously out of action and I'll have to rehab it for a few weeks," he said.

Carter was, however, philosophical about his future. Having recently returned from a six month sabbatical, he had worked hard behind the scenes to regain conditioning and fitness. Over the last two weeks, Carter seemed back to nearly his best while playing in the centres for the Crusaders, only to be forced from the field last week after a heavy collision.

Though he did his best to hide the disappointment, Carter acknowledged he was desperate to don the All Blacks' 10 jersey - one that will now almost certainly be worn by Aaron Cruden - in Sydney next week. 

"The timing of it is one of the most frustrating things," he said. "I've had an extended break and been working extremely hard to get back and playing to the level I'm happy with. I felt like I was just starting to get there and to get a setback like this, that's probably the toughest thing."

Carter was emphatic about one point. He has no plans to call time on his coveted career and expects to make a full recovery and return this season. Naturally, playing a key role in next year's World Cup remains a major goal.

"In terms of next year, the World Cup and all that sort of stuff, that's over a year away," he said. "The bone will heal and I'll be back in a month or however long it takes. There's a lot of rugby to be played and I'm confident I can get up to speed and get up to the high standards I push myself towards."

McCaw also backed his playmaker to make a successful comeback.

"It's disappointing," he said. "It would have been great to have him out there over the next couple of weeks. Injuries are all part of it and he assures me he'll be right again soon."

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4 comments so far

  • Dear Dan,
    As great a player as you are, what you don't understand, is that all of your exploits have been on the back of teams that have disrespected rugby by being manically obsessed with pushing the boundaries of the game as far as they possibly can, every minute of every game and beyond if possible, to put it nicely, rather than genuinely trying to play rugby, man against man, that such bad karma will see you never win a world cup. It's why McCaw was part of one the worst chokes in world rugby and the second worst. I've never seen you stoop to these tactics so it must be a deep regret personally. I almost feel sorry for you.

    Commenter
    johnny-boy
    Date and time
    August 07, 2014, 8:54AM
    • What a misleading headline, Carter will be back, he's only missing two games ffs.

      Commenter
      piru
      Location
      Perth via Rakaia
      Date and time
      August 07, 2014, 1:56PM
      • Worst choke in World Rugby? McCaw didn't even play in the 2003 RWC final at home against 'Dads Army'.

        Commenter
        Black
        Date and time
        August 08, 2014, 9:27AM
        • Cusaders loss with Tahs is a bad news wallaby's. bcos people learn a lot more from a loss then win. McCaw and others in ABs will be much more smarter this time.

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          Max
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          brisbane
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          August 10, 2014, 9:14AM

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