Dan Carter, would not be out of place on the All Blacks team in Japan later this year if the selectors sent him to fill the void left by injured Damian McKenzie said former coach Graham Henry.
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“We talked about Dan Carter and I do not think Dan Carter will let you down, he would be number three and I think he fits perfectly in that position,” Henry told News talk radio.
He’ll add a huge amount of experience and intellectual property about the Rugby World Cup and playing international rugby. He’s been there and done that.
Three times world player of the year Carter, retired from the international after his 112th test when he helped the All Blacks win the 2015 Rugby World Cup title. Aged 37, he recently had a neck surgery that cost him a lucrative short-term return to France.
Neither is he under contract with New Zealand rugby, which prevents him from participating in the selection because the All Blacks have a policy of selecting only local players.
“It’s just obvious that they have to qualify and they have to play and sign in this country to be available to the All Blacks,” said Henry.
I’m sure he’ll be good for Beaudy and Richie if he was there, but it looks like there’s a lot of work in the background.
Carter is not the only former player to have been mentioned as a potential candidate. Local media have announced that Aaron Cruden could leave Montpellier and return home on a short-term contract before joining former Super Rugby coach Dave Rennie in Glasgow.
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