Carter backs Aussie pups

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter believes Kurtley Beale or Berrick Barnes will succeed the great Stephen Larkham at pivot.

Both Beale and Barnes are at the beginning of their careers, although the latter did feature in the Wallabies’ World campaign last year.

“He would have learned a lot from that,” Carter told the Herald. “That will help his game this year. He will become a better footballer because of the experience. It is always tough being thrown into the deep end like that. But I thought he responded well on the field. He looked relaxed and a pretty confident guy.”

Beale is yet to play for the Wallabies, but should receive an extended run at flyhalf for the Waratahs this season.

“He is a young, exciting talent. He has a bit of X-factor … he can change a game. If he can get more consistency to his game, he will be a great player.”

Carter also listed the Force’s Matt Giteau and the Brumbies’ Julian Huxley as potential successors to Larkham.

“Julian plays a bit at fullback and Matt at scrumhalf and second five-eighth [No 12]. They are all capable of playing five-eighth [flyhalf] if asked. But it’s important to get game time in that position if they are to cement the No.10 jersey.”