Carter blow for ABs

Dan Carter will miss the All Blacks’ Tests against Wales because Achilles injury.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen believed the flyhalf suffered a leg injury at training on Thursday. However, further medical examinations revealed that Carter suffered an Achilles injury.

This means Aaron Cruden will start at 10 against Wales. Beauden Barrett passed a late fitness test after struggling with a rib injury all week and will find his place on the bench.

The duo should also feature in the match-day squad against England as Carter is likely to be sidelined next week too.

‘We got him scanned with an ultrasound and an MRI this morning and there is a bit of swelling there so we’ve taken the precaution to withdraw him from the game,’ said Hansen. ‘It looks like there’s probably a 50-50 or maybe 60-40 chance [he'll miss the England test] so we’ll just wait and see what happens.’