Carter and Woodcock unavailable for Ireland Test
November 18, 2013
Dan Carter was unable to see out the end of his 100th Test match for the All Blacks after an achilles tendon injury brought him off from the field © Getty Images
Carter left the field in the first half in the All Blacks 30-22 win over England, leading to confirmation of an Achilles tendon injury, while fellow centurion Woodcock has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
The world's number one ranked team, who celebrated four years at the top of the global rankings as well as defeating England over the weekend, were due to send a small party home prior to the final Test against the Irish.
This would follow the tour trend, where nine players arrived in Paris ahead of the team who played in Japan, and originally a small handful of players were due to start their off-season early. However now the entire squad will remain intact.
"Once those two (Carter and Woodcock) got injured there were only going to be two going home," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said. "So we spoke to the rugby union and they were of the same opinion of myself, that it's better to keep the group together and see out the season."
The confirmation of Carter's absence means that the 100-Test number ten will in theory begin his period of extended leave. Hansen said that it hasn't been decided whether Aaron Cruden or Beauden Barrett will start.
"Dan has not had a scan yet, but Doc said with the problems he's been having it's just too big a risk to go through the week," he said. "We've got Crudes and Beauden who can both do the job, so we'll just get on with it with those two."
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