JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Tyro Wallaby Sam Carter tipped to face All Blacks in Rugby Championship opener

Big test: Sam Carter will lock horns with the All Blacks pack.

Big test: Sam Carter will lock horns with the All Blacks pack. Photo: Getty Images

One-Test wonder Sam Carter is less than a week away from staring down one of the most successful second-row partnerships in world rugby. 

The Wallabies rookie has already established himself as one of the toughest forwards around, playing more than 70 minutes of his Test debut with an ankle injury that would keep him sidelined for five weeks.

But Carter's true grit has not blinded him to the challenge of going up against an All Blacks pack featuring Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick in the second row.

"It's a massive challenge, they're the benchmark with Whitelock and Retallick, they're two very physical, hard-working locks and pretty mobile as well," Carter said. 

"When you combine that with the back row, they work well together. But if we can do what we've been focusing on doing this week and next week, hopefully we can get up there and match them."

With just one Test match under his belt, Carter is set to be named alongside Rob Simmons in the second row for the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney next weekend. It will be a sensational cementing of the new Wallabies pecking order, if the Brumbies lock is picked ahead of former Test captain James Horwill. 

The reshuffle might have come earlier, after a knee injury to Simmons saved Horwill's spot in the starting line-up on last year's European tour. 

Sitaleki Timani came in then and Horwill stayed put, trying to recapture the form that made him the gold standard of Australian second-rowers in 2010 and 2011. 

This year, with Timani in Europe and Kane Douglas announcing his intentions to do the same, coach Ewen McKenzie began blooding the new generation. 

Carter, Will Skelton and Luke Jones were ushered in for the three-Test series against France, and McKenzie selected the son of former Wallaby David Carter to start ahead of Horwill in the first Test and the others off the bench in the final two matches. Only Jones did not make the cut for the Rugby Championship.

The Wallabies smashed France 50-23 in Brisbane. Carter's performance was acknowledged as a standout success, not least because of the pain he played through after suffering a high ankle sprain in the seventh minute. 

"It was OK as long as I kept moving," he said. "But I thought it had taken me so long to get there that I wasn't going to go off in seven minutes."

He made it back to play three games for the Brumbies at the critical point in their season and is back in camp with the Wallabies, two months after he left. 

"It would be a huge honour [to start against New Zealand]," Carter said. "You play rugby to test yourself against the best and there's no one better than the All Blacks. 

"They've been the top team in the world for the last 10 years and to be part of a team that's growing is very exciting for me as well. Hopefully I can get in and be a part of it."

If, as expected, McKenzie names Carter and two-Test hooker Nathan Charles to start in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener, the Wallabies will be lacking big-match experience in two crucial positions. But just as Charles will cloak himself in the gold jersey as a "suit of armour", Carter said the Wallabies pack would not be intimidated by their world-beating arch rivals.

"It's more focusing on what we need to do to beat them, and giving them respect but not too much respect," he said. "You see that in Super [Rugby] sides sometimes. You can prepare for a game and give them too much respect and you're already beaten before you play the game. 

"We're focusing more on what we need to do than what they're going to do to us."

2 comments so far

  • Sam Whitelock will be too busy looking over his shoulder for zebras.

    Commenter
    a don
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    August 07, 2014, 10:48PM
    • Sam Carter needs to remember the AB"s have only been the top team in the world for the last 6 years because we had an utterly useless kiwi coach sabotaging our chances.

      McKenzie inherited a complete basket case of a Wallaby team after the Lions series and it showed for the first few games.

      Now the roo is awakening. Time to bound.

      Commenter
      johnny-boy
      Date and time
      August 08, 2014, 9:51AM

      Make a comment

      You are logged in as [Logout]

      All information entered below may be published.

      Error: Please enter your screen name.

      Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

      Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

      Error: Please enter your comment.

      Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

      Post to

      You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

      Thank you

      Your comment has been submitted for approval.

      Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

      Related Coverage

      Rugby World Cup 2015

      Round 1
      Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
      ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
      TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
      IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
      Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
      SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
      FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
      SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
      WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
      Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
      NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
      Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
      SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
      Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
      AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
      FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
      Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
      NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
      Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
      ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
      ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
      Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
      SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
      ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
      AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
      SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
      Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
      IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
      Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
      TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
      Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
      WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
      FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
      Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
      NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
      SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
      Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
      SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
      ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
      Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
      ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
      IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
      Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
      CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
      FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
      Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
      SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
      NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
      Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
      NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
      Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
      SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
      AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
      ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
      ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
      Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
      ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
      FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
      USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
      View All Fixtures
      Round 2
      Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
      WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
      WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
      WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
      Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
      WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
      Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
      WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
      Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
      WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
      Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
      LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
      Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
      WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
      View All Fixtures
      Rugby World Cup 2015
      Overall standings
      Team P W L D +/- Pts
      France 0 0 0 0 0 0
      New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
      View all
      Rugby World Cup 2015
      Overall standings
      Team P W L D +/- Pts
      Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
      England 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
      View all
      Rugby World Cup 2015
      Overall standings
      Team P W L D +/- Pts
      Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
      USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
      View all
      Rugby World Cup 2015
      Overall standings
      Team P W L D +/- Pts
      Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
      South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
      View all
       

      Follow Us on Facebook

      Featured advertisers