No RWC guarantees for Carter

    2015-05-12 16:10

    Cape Town - All Black legend Dan Carter insists he’s not assured of a spot in New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup squad.

    Carter, 33, is regaining his form in this year’s Super Rugby competition, despite his Crusaders team not being the most consistent.

    However, in their most recent match the Crusaders smashed the Reds 58 -17 in Christchurch and Carter showed signs that he is returning to his past form.

    "It feels like my form has been getting better as the season has gone on and really enjoying getting a bit of game time," Carter told ONE News.

    "I've almost played twice as many games as I played last year so that's encouraging as long as my form is heading in the right direction then I'm happy with that.”

    Carter said there are no guarantees that he’ll make the World Cup touring party.

    "A goal for me this year is to really work hard and just try and be part of that All Blacks squad.

    "You never take anything for granted and there's plenty of competition there.

    "That's a real goal of mine and that means playing well for the Crusaders."

    In recent games, Carter has also been forced to play at inside centre, with Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder picking Colin Slade at flyhalf, a move that Carter is not bothered by.

    "Sladey's playing extremely well, he's been on fire all year and really enjoying playing alongside him in the 12 jersey we've formed a good wee combination there."

    The 2015 Rugby World Cup, to be staged in England and Wales, runs from September 18-October 31.

    Carter missed New Zealand’s last World Cup triumph in 2011 due to injury so he would be eager to gain a winners medal in what would likely be his last chance.

    Carter has played 102 Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2003.

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