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Daniel Carter is out of Saturday’s Super 14 match against the Waratahs in Sydney.

The All Black superstar flyhalf was pulled from the Crusaders team midway through Thursday’s training run at Rugby Park after it was decided that his neck hadn’t completely healed after being injured during last weekend’s 36-11 win over the Stormers.

“Dan jammed his neck a little bit in that game. Initially we thought it was an injury they call a stinger, which is painful at the time but comes right pretty quickly,” Crusaders coach Robbie Deans told the Crusaders official website.

“It turned out that it wasn’t, but our medical team were optimistic all week that he would still be ready to play, which is why we named him in the team.”

Carter was due to undertake his first contact training on Thursday at the end of the session, but those plans were scrubbed after it became clear that he was still feeling some discomfort.

“We don’t think he’s far away – certainly that’s what we’re hoping, and the medical opinion supports that, but we were not about to compromise the player or the team by taking an unnccessary risk,” Deans says.

“For that reason, once it became clear that he was still feeling some discomfort passing to one side, we ruled him out prior to even attempting to try him in contact. Hopefully he will be ready to go again next week.”

In Carter’s absence, Stephen Brett will return to the number ten jersey where he did a sterling job for the Crusaders throughout the opening six matches of the competition. The 21-year-old started in each match, contributing 72 points at an average of 12 per game, kicking 25 goals from 35 attempts thus far.

Caleb Ralph comes in on a bench that retains a five forward, two back split.

“It’s another opportunity for Steve, but the late change shouldn’t affect our preparation too much,” Deans says.

“Not only has Steve played a lot of rugby this year, he’s also been involved in all of our training and strategy this week because he was in the match squad anyway, so we don’t anticipate it impacting too much on our organisation.”

 

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