Carter covers scrumhalf

The world’s best flyhalf Dan Carter could find himself playing scrumhalf for the Crusaders in Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 final.

Regular No 9 Andy Ellis has been ruled out of the final with a torn medial ligament and will be out of action for several weeks.

Duncan Johnstone reports on xtramsn that one-test All Black Kevin Senio will start on Saturday, but there the champions are struggling to find another scrumhalf for the bench. Their next best specialist No 9 Matt France plays for the Marist-Albion club but has not played first class rugby.

Crusaders coach Robbie Deans admitted that Carter was a possibility. The flyhalf has played halfback at school level and was selected as a backup halfback for the All Blacks in their 2003 World Cup match with Tonga in Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Hurricanes centre Ma’a Nonu sat out training with an injured leg. He spent most of the session on the sidelines with his right thigh heavily strapped.

Coach Colin Cooper wasn’t giving too much away when he spoke to media after the session, saying a decision on Nonu would probably be made on Wednesday.