UPDATE: New Zealand fly half Daniel Carter has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup 2011 with a serious groin injury. The 29-year-old tore a tendon in his left groin during kicking practice on Saturday, New Zealand coach Graham Henry said at a team hotel press conference. The record points scorer was initially withdrawn from New Zealand’s Pool A match against Canada in Wellington on Sunday and later scans revealed the seriousness of the injury.
Who should the All Blacks call up to replace Carter? And can they still win the Rugby World Cup despite this massive loss?
The All Black talisman Dan Carter is facing a nervous wait over the weekend as the New Zealand medical staff assess the severity of a groin injury he picked up in training, which has forced him to withdraw from the match against Canada tomorrow morning.
Carter pulled up during kicking practice ahead of Sunday’s game, and the All Blacks are set to release an update tomorrow on the state of the injury, which has been preliminary described as “a niggle”. Naturally, the news of Carter’s withdrawal will have the whole of New Zealand panicking.
How big a blow would losing Carter be to New Zealand’s World Cup chances?