Wednesday 21 February 2018

All Black talisman Dan Carter ruled out of Ireland clash

Dan Carter of New Zealand shakes hands with Richie McCaw of New Zealand (R) after receiving his 100th cap during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday
Dan Carter of New Zealand shakes hands with Richie McCaw of New Zealand (R) after receiving his 100th cap during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday

New Zealand will be without Dan Carter and Tony Woodcock for Sunday's showdown with Ireland as they seek to become the first team of the professional era to win every game in a calendar year.

The All Blacks will be overwhelming favourites to achieve the feat when they face an Ireland side looking to bounce back from an abysmal performance in their 32-15 defeat against Australia.

Carter's 100th Test appearance was cut short when he limped off with an Achilles injury in the first half and Woodcock did not emerge for the second period after hurting his hamstring just before the break in the 30-22 win over England.

Both men have flown back to New Zealand and will take no further part in the tour.

Dan has not had a scan yet, but (team medics) said with the problems he's been having it's just too big a risk to go through the week," Hansen confirmed on the All Blacks official website.

"We've got Crudes (Aaron Cruden) and Beauden (Barrett) who can both do the job, so we'll just get on with it with those two."

Carter was already scheduled to take an extended break from the game after the Ireland Test to try to ensure he is fit for the 2015 World Cup.

Carter, 31, will sit out England's three-Test tour to New Zealand in June next year and most of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

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