Crusaders Carter-less

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from New Zealand.

Crusaders Carter-less for three weeks

Dan Carter, who missed the South African tour with the Crusaders, will sit out another three weeks thanks to a hamstring strain picked up in training.

Carter was due to return for the Crusaders against the Force this weekend, and while he joined the squad in Perth to prepare for the match, hurt his hamstring, which will see him head home for another three weeks.

Tyler Bleyendaal replaced Carter on the South African tour and is expected to continue in that role, while Israel Dagg and Corey Flynn are both expected to return to the starting fifteen. Should Bleyendaal go down in the match, both Andy Ellis and Ryan Crotty can play at ten, with Tom Taylor still out injured and unable to be bench back-up.

Hansen extends his stay

New Zealand rugby has extended coach Steve Hansen’s contract to enable him to take the All Blacks to the next World Cup, held in 2015.

Hansen originally had a two year contract, taking over from Graham Henry, to which he was an assistant. Hansen now has three years to build towards defending their World Champion status.

Hansen commented that he would have to make some difficult decision over the coming years, as his core group are ageing, and admitted that some of those faces will not make the next World Cup.