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Carter wants to play for Crusaders after June

Dan Carter wants to play for the Crusaders in the run up to the play offs

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Article Published: Tuesday 11 March 2014|

Dan Carter has revealed that he wants to play Super Rugby for the Crusaders after the All Blacks series of Tests against England in June ahead of the play offs.

Carter is on sabbatical leave from the New Zealand Rugby Union and was speaking as an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run event on Wednesday.

The All Black No.10 said that he will most likely warm up for Super Rugby again by playing a match or two for his rugby club Southbridge.

The Crusaders will play three Super Rugby matches after the June Tests - against the Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders - before the play offs.

The All Black star had surgery on his Achilles tendon after his last appearance on a rugby field which was against England at Twickenham in November.

The Test at Twickenham was Carter's 100th Test for the All Blacks and in 2013 he played just six Tests.

Carter has been in Los Angeles in recent weeks but says that he has started doing some basic training.

"The training I've been doing has been pretty basic, just getting on top of a few things that have been holding me back for the last couple of years," he told APNZ.

Carter's list of injuries in recent years has been growing and much of it has been with his legs as he has had calf, Achilles tendon, hamstring and groin injuries. He also broke a hand before the France tests in June last year and injured his shoulder when he was tackled by Springbok Bismarck du Plessis at Eden Park in September.

The All Black says that he is njoying the break as it allows him to train in a different way.

"The beauty of this break is that you can train harder than you would if you were playing. When you're playing week in, week out, it's more about recovery and you don't get gains. It's more about maintaining (the body).

"I'm pretty keen to play a couple of Crusaders games after the test series so that's what I'll be working towards, (and) potentially a club game or two before then."

The Crusaders won their first match on the weekend and Carter says that he has seen the team's results but not the matches.

"It's a pretty stock standard start by the Crusaders, to be honest - typically slow. They'll be fine, I'm sure they'll get a lot better as the competition goes on."

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