DAN Carter ‘s injury problems continue, with the star first-five ruled out of Saturday’s test in Wellington against Argentina with a calf strain.
He has been battling the injury all week, but only withdrew from the All Blacks after being named to start yesterday.
Aaron Cruden will take his place in the starting line-up, while Taranaki’s Beauden Barrett will come into the reserves after making his test debut against Ireland earlier in the year.
”Dan has been carrying a tight left calf this week, but had been hopeful of playing,” All Black coach Steve Hansen told Fairfax NZ.
”However, at training this morning it was apparent he would not be able to play. We have done the sensible thing and withdrawn him from the team.”
The last time Carter was preparing for a test in the Capital he suffered the groin injury that cut short his Rugby World Cup last year.
Carter tweeted a photo of his injured left calf in a compression sleeve at 12.25pm with the caption: “Not having much luck in Wellington when I’m here with the AB’s #tightcalf.”
The All Blacks lose little through the elevation of Cruden, who has been in sensational form this season and led the Chiefs to their first Super Rugby title.
His last appearance in black was cut short by a sore leg, but not before he tore Ireland to shreds in their 60-0 thrashing in June.
International game time has been limited since then however, although he looked good against the Wallabies two weeks ago.
It will be Cruden’s 13th test since his debut, but just his fifth start.
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