Rugby World Cup 2011

Carter: Groin op successful

2011-10-20 08:35
Dan Carter (AFP)





Auckland - All Blacks star Dan Carter said on Thursday that the surgery he underwent on his Rugby World Cup-ending groin injury had been successful.

Carter, who is walking with a slight limp, underwent surgery in Melbourne earlier this month to repair his left adductor longus tendon.

The flyhalf, whom many New Zealand fans considered central to their team's hopes of winning the World Cup, was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after suffering his injury during kicking practice on the eve of the All Blacks' final pool match against Canada.

Test rugby's all-time leading points scorer, with 1 250 from 85 matches, the 29-year-old Carter is now undergoing a rehabilitation programme.

"The groin's good, the operation was successful and it's now a matter of rehabilitation," said Carter.

"My direction is towards next season. That's another four months away and I'll be well rehabbed," Carter, who plays for Super 15 side Canterbury Crusaders, said.

"There's no rush to return to play."

Carter said he had immediately come back from surgery into the All Blacks camp to help motivate the players as they moved towards Sunday's World Cup final against France.

"I had to get over the initial disappointment and help the boys," he said.

"Having to watch the last two games were the toughest times for me. I get extremely nervous, I have no sense of control.

"I just want the boys to win."

Carter's replacement, Colin Slade, also suffered a tournament-ending groin injury, with third-choice Aaron Cruden, who played at flyhalf in the semi-final win over Australia, now set to start in the key position against France.

"I've been really impressed with Aaron," Carter said. "He's making the most of his opportunity."

Turning to Sunday's final, Carter dubbed France the All Blacks' "arch-nemesis" in the World Cup after the French pulled off shock victories over New Zealand, favourites at the time, in the 1999 semi-final and 2007 quarter-final.

"They are our arch-nemesis at World Cup time, everyone knows the past," he said.

"People always write them off, but come the World Cup they seem to grow another leg.

"They're such a dangerous team with their backs to the wall.

"They scraped through the round-robin but since the playoffs they have turned into a different side.

"You have to expect the unexpected. The guys realise that they're in for a huge challenge."

Carter pinpointed their "world-class" loose forward trio and back three as France's danger men.

"They have a lot of areas of strength," he said.

Carter, who spent an injury-shortened season in France after the 2007 World Cup with club side Perpignan, added that he would not be back playing in the Top 14 anytime soon.

"New Zealand is where my immediate future is," he said. "I have signed up with the New Zealand Rugby Union."

And having missed out on what many believed would be his best shot at World Cup glory, Carter failed to commit himself to playing in the next edition in England in 2015.

"In my experience, four years is a long time," he said.

* RWC final odds on BET.CO.ZA: New Zealand vs France

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
 
Teams

Pool A

 
 
 
 

Pool B

 
 
 
 

Pool C

 
 
 
 

Pool D

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tank Lanning

Lessons learnt from RWC 2011

2011-10-26 16:45

A few vital life lessons from Tank Lanning's recent trip to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup quarter and semi-finals. Read More

 
Rugby World Cup Wallpapers

Download your favourite RWC wallpaper here

 
Weather

Auckland

Sunday

a few showers. Partly cloudy. Mild.

Low
High

17°C
21°C

Current Conditions
 
Vote

Taking into account where it will be held, the likely player retirements and new coaches in charge, which team looks best-placed to mount a challenge to the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England?

 
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.