Pool A latest – Carter cleared

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Carter cleared – Dan Carter is fit and available for the All Blacks’ all-important pool game against France.

Assistant coach Steve Hansen confirmed Carter’s availability on Wednesday. Carter had previously missed the last pool match against Japan due to a back injury.

‘Yes. Ready to go. Great for the tournament and great for him and great for us. He’s a great player and you want your great players, in all the sides, to be available to play,’ Hansen said.

Mils’ days numbered - Reports from New Zealand say Israel Dagg has ousted Mils Muliaina as the All Blacks’ run-on fullback.

Dagg has been in outstanding form throughout the tournament and has illuminated the competent but ageing Muliaina’s limitations. Stuff rugby reports that coach Graham Henry has finally accepted that Muliaina, capped 98 times, cannot be carried any longer.

The All Blacks name their side for the crunch pool clash with France on Thursday and the 31-year-old is not expected to feature in the match 22. With a plethora of dynamic bunch options available to Henry, Muliaina will be hard-pressed to even make the cut in this regard.

Meanwhile Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, the most notable absentees for the previous Test against Japan, are set to be named to start against France.