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Carter in doubt for first All Blacks Test

All Blacks’ five-eighth Dan Carter is in doubt for the first Test against France after X-rays showed a cracked bone in his right hand.

 
 

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All Blacks’ five-eighth Dan Carter is in doubt for the first Test against France after X-rays showed a cracked bone in his right hand.

Carter was injured in the Crusaders’ 23-22 win over the Waratahs in Christchurch on Friday. He finished the match with 13 points, kicking the winning penalty with six minutes remaining.

All Blacks medical staff say a decision on Carter’s availability will be made later in the week.

Coach Steve Hansen told media on Monday that Carter’s hand injury didn’t include bone displacement, but swelling was a problem.

New Zealand props Tony Woodcock, Owen Franks and Ben Afeaki will also be monitored with a decision on their availability expected later this week.

Afeaki has a calf injury, while Woodcock and Franks are both nursing hamstring strains.

As a result, Crusaders prop Joe Moody has been called into the All Blacks squad to help with training as prop cover.

Halfback Piri Weepu is suffering no side effects from his concussion at the weekend, but will be limited to non-contact training until he is reviewed later in the week.

Weepu, 29, was knocked out during the Blues’ Super Rugby 38-28 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday. He was stretchered off, but recovered well quickly after the game.

Weepu underwent his first concussion test on Sunday.

“Think I did alright but we will have to see… Fingers crossed!” he tweeted afterwards.

 
 

 

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