Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A fit again Dan Carter has been recalled to the All Black squad as he looks to have recovered well from his injury. Carter has played two matches for Canterbury in the Air New Zealand Cup, scoring against Auckland this past weekend.
Carter, who injured himself while playing for Perpignan in the Top 14, has been through a lengthy recovery period after the Achilles injury he picked up against Stade Francais 6 months ago.
While the All Blacks have clearly been missing him, Carter has been in a race to prove his fitness after spending most of the year in rehabilitation, and on beautiful French beaches.
He's now back though, and the star flyhalf has been called up to the All Black squad for the remainder of the Tri Nations. His return, playing less than a handful of domestic games, has been impressive, with him showing very few signs of the time off.
"He is a key member of the All Blacks, has recovered well from his injury and has made a great return to rugby so now is the right time to bring him back into the squad," coach Graham Henry said.
He scored all of Canterbury's points in their 22-16 win over Auckland this past weekend, getting over the tryline in the process for this well taken try.
"Obviously I haven't got that many games under the belt, but each week I'm feeling more comfortable. If I'm asked to play I'll be keen and ready to go. Getting back in the black jersey has been what I'm working towards."