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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Zealand Men's National Rugby Team News

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September 30, 2015 - flyhalf Dan Carter back in the lineup
"The All Blacks have again been hit by the fly-half curse having only Dan Carter fit to play Georgia on Thursday in a Test which marks Waisake Naholo's wonder comeback. Both back up number 10s, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade are on the injured list as is centre Ma'a Nonu who remains stranded on 99 Tests. Coach Steve Hansen has been forced to name two scrum-halves in the replacements with TJ Perenara covering fly-half and Tawera Kerr-Barlow as back up to first-choice number nine Aaron Smith." - Sunday Times

September 24, 2015 - Beauden Barrett kicks a penalty & 4 conversions in win over Namibia
"Reputations have counted for little at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Namibia -- the lowest-ranked team of the tournament -- suffered no disgrace in losing 58-14 at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Thursday.... Beauden Barrett, starting at fly-half in place of rugby's record international points scorer Dan Carter, put New Zealand ahead with a fifth-minute penalty, then he converted tries by No. 8 Victor Vito and young winger Nehe Milner-Skudder." - CNN

September 20, 2015 - Dan carter kicks All-Blacks to win over Argentina
"New Zealand has had to dig deep to come from behind for a 26-16 victory over Argentina after opening its defence of the Rugby World Cup in front of a record crowd at Wembley. The All Blacks trailed 16-12 until the 56th minute but their second-half dominance eventually paid off when scrum half Aaron Smith and replacement forward Sam Cane scored tries following a first-half score by Pumas lock Guido Petti. Fly half Dan Carter kicked 16 points for New Zealand and his opposite number Nicolas Sanchez 11 for Argentina, which was looking to beat the All Blacks for the first time." - ABC

August 8, 2015 - Dan Carter reaches 1500 point plateau
"Dan Carter made history today by becoming the first player in Test rugby history to score over 1,500 points, but couldn't prevent New Zealand succumbing to their first loss to Australia since before the last World Cup. The Kiwi star scored nine points from three penalties in his final game on Australian soil as he aimed to secure his place in the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad." - City A.M.

July 23, 2015 - Lima Sopoaga to play at flyhalf against Boks
"Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga will make test debut for New Zealand in the Rugby Championship test against South Africa on Saturday. The 24-year-old Sopoaga steered the Dunedin-based Highlanders to the Super Rugby title this season, while Broadhurst was a key member of the Hurricanes' squad which finished as runner-up. Sopoaga takes over at flyhalf from Dan Carter, who will be rested after playing in tests against Samoa and Argentina over the past two weeks. Broadhurst replaces Luke Romano, who started both of those matches." - Winnipeg Free Press

July 17, 2015 - Dan Carter kicks 4 conversions, 2 penalties in win over Argentina
39-18 win over Argentina: "If Canterbury fans could have dreamed up a fairytale, favourite sons' farewell it would have featured the game's first try to skipper Richie McCaw and a bagful of goals by Dan Carter. Neither went home empty-handed in their final Christchurch test as both had a night to remember.... Carter may not have been entirely happy with a couple of wobbly kicks, but he directed the backline with his old aplomb and no Puma made headway through his defensive channel." - Stuff

July 8, 2015 - Dan Carter kicks 20 over Samoa
"Daniel Carter's left boot underlined why the fly-half will be so valuable at this year's World Cup when he slotted 20 points to give the All Blacks a tense 25-16 victory over Samoa in their first visit to Apia on Wednesday. Carter's successful goal-kicking allowed the All Blacks to build scoreboard pressure in a tight first half before he produced a pinpoint cross-kick for winger George Moala to score a try on debut to open a 19-3 lead after half-time. Samoa fly-half Tusi Pisi slotted nine points for the home side, who put the All Blacks under pressure in the second half to get back to 22-16 after Alafoti Fa'osiliva's try following two storming runs up the middle of the park. Carter, however, slotted his sixth penalty with five minutes remaining to give the 2011 world champions their narrowest victory over Samoa in six matches." - Independent

April 19, 2015 - Aaron Cruden sidelined six months with ACL injury
"All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden is almost certain to miss the World Cup after scans revealed the need for knee surgery that will sideline him for at least six months. The 26-year-old, who has played 37 Tests for New Zealand, injured his left knee in the first half of Waikato Chiefs’ 26-9 Super Rugby victory over Canterbury Crusaders on Friday. 'Aaron Cruden has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee. He will see a surgeon on Wednesday to arrange a knee reconstruction in the coming weeks,' the Chiefs said in a statement. 'Traditional reconstruction surgery has been deemed to be the most appropriate given Aaron’s young age and long-term career prospects. The expected return to play time for this sort of surgery is six months.' That recuperation schedule rules him out of the rest of the Super Rugby season and makes it almost certain that he will play no part in the World Cup in England, which runs from 18 September 18 to 31 October." - Guardian

February 13, 2015 - Dan Carter injury aggravated
"All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter's final Super Rugby season began with a rocky start as the 32-year-old suffered another leg injury in the Crusaders' surprise 20-10 loss to the Melbourne Rebels on Friday. Carter, who has also already said he will leave New Zealand rugby after the conclusion of this year's World Cup to take up a three-year contract with France's Racing Metro, allayed any early jitters about the All Blacks' world title defence. 'I got a whack in the side of the leg, similar to a spot that I got it last year. It was just a knee and gave me a bit of a dead leg,' Carter told reporters. 'I'm sure it's nothing serious.' Carter has had a tumultuous run with injuries since a torn muscle in his groin ruled him out of the 2011 World Cup and he barely played at all last year due to a sabbatical and then a broken leg. While he went into contact willingly and made several tackles on Friday, he appeared to still be shaking out the rust that blighted his end-of-season tour with the All Blacks last year." - SuperSport

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