The All Blacks chances of securing only their second World Cup Title since 1987 has been dealt a big blow with the news that their talismanic playmaker Dan Carter will miss the remainder of the 2011 Rugby World Cup after sustaining a serious groin injury.
Carter, who is seen by many as the face of rugby in New Zealand, suffered the injury during a kicking practice during the team’s Captain’s run and scans revealed that he has torn the adductor longus tendon in his left groin.
All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said: “The scan confirmed our worst fears, that the tendon has torn, which means he is out of the tournament.”
All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said: “We are all obviously devastated for Daniel. He has worked so hard to be at a peak for Rugby World Cup. We will rally around him and pull together as a team.”
Carter becomes the second big name to be ruled out after the Springboks’ Francois Steyn was also ruled out with a shoulder injury yesterday. The Springboks have already called up utility back Zane Kirchner for the injured Steyn while New Zealand will now apply for Aaron Cruden to be called up as cover.