Carter calls for collective effort

Dan Carter says it’s going to take more than a one-man effort to revive the All Blacks’ Tri-Nations campaign.

Carter will play his first Test since November against the Wallabies this Saturday, and despite being rated as the best No 10 in the world, he says he’s not a one-man solution to New Zealand’s current problem.

‘There’s always going to be the external expectation,’ said Carter, ‘but I know one man’s not going to change a team. We’ve got to change a lot of things to get the success back into the side.

‘All I can worry about is doing my job well. I’m not going to go out there and try and pull off miracles.

‘Obviously not playing for so long, anxiety can tend to kick in but we have a great bunch of guys and I’ve got a bit of experience so I know what works for myself.’

Luke McAlister will start alongside the All Blacks’ pivot after being selected ahead of Ma’a Nonu to boost the team’s kicking game. Carter is looking forward to renewing his partnership with McAlister since the latter’s move to England after the 2007 World Cup.

‘It does take the pressure off. Obviously the game’s steering towards a lot of kicking and having that left-right combination like the Wallabies, with Luke’s kicking ability and experience to the playmaker role will bring value to the side.’