Rugby

Drop Carter, says Kiwi scribe

2013-11-12 10:23
Dan Carter (AFP)
Cape Town - A well-known New Zealand rugby writer has called on coach Steve Hansen to drop flyhalf Dan Carter for their Test against England in London on Saturday.

Chris Rattue from the New Zealand Herald feels Carter was poor in the All Blacks' 26-19 win over France in Paris at the weekend.

In a column on the website, Rattue wrote: "While the other legendary veteran, Richie McCaw, hurled himself into yet another battle, Carter was pedestrian despite a promising start when he helped give Cory Jane the hint of a try chance. Carter hardly ran again, nor pulled out any of his old magic, and departed before three-quarter time after mirroring the lacklustre 50 minutes he produced in Japan."

Rattue believes Aaron Cruden or Beauden Barrett deserve to start, especially with the No 10 jersey for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in mind.

The 31-year-old Carter is on 99 Tests and would make his 100th appearance should he play at Twickenham.

CLICK HERE to read Chris Rattue's full column on the New Zealand Herald website.

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