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Dan Carter likely set for another week on the sidelines

Dan Carter. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Much to the disappointment of rugby fans across the country, Dan Carter is likely set to spend another week on the sidelines

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The All Blacks great was named to make his debut for the franchise against the Hurricanes last weekend before suffering a calf strain at training on Thursday.

Early indications suggest that the match against the Chiefs on Sunday may also be a game too early for the former All Black.

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Carter didn’t take part in Blues training on Wednesday. Newstalk ZB Sport understands he is targeting next weekend’s match against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Otere Black, who left the field part-way through the loss to the Hurricanes, took part in some training but it was Beauden Barrett that spent most of the session at first receiver, which could indicate the former Hurricane could be handed the 10 jersey for Sunday’s clash.

“The neck has had a couple of days to settle down now but it’s still a little bit stiff. It’s slowly getting better every day,” Black told Newstalk ZB’s Elliott Smith.

“It’s still pretty early in the week so they’ve given me a couple more days to try to get it right. I’m doing what I can to make sure I don’t push it too much in this part of the week but with the longer turnaround, I can give it a bit more of a rest.

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“I’ll give myself every chance to play but if it’s no good I won’t push it.”

Hoskins Sotutu and James Parsons are also likely to spend at least one more week on the sidelines having missed the loss to the Hurricanes due to a knee injury and concussion, respectively.

The Blues will name their squad to play the Chiefs on Friday.

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Daugunu salvo shows why Wallabies work-rate is everything to Schmidt

Nice article, Brett, and good to be writing about a second win. I think Georgia will be far more testing. Tbh, I have not looked at their touring squad, but at full strength they are a far better and more dangerous team than they were at RWC France. They would have been disappointed they did not perform to full potential there. I think that the WB’s under Joe Schmidt have started soundly. Recovery from a serious setback always takes time. And the Jones era was that and more. I think the arrival of Les Kiss back to his native Qld. is a very positive factor, and the fact that he and Schmidt know each other well is a help. Players I think are much improved this year: Daugunu, who has blossomed with the Rebels, so credit to the coaching unit down there. Am pleased he will come back to the Reds. McReight is said to have put on up to 7 kgs since last season. His work rate has always been good, but it is his carrying into contact that has gone up. Now makes those critical one or two metres post contact very often. Is conceding fewer penalties now as his game matures. Rob Valetini was good last year, but is now a greater force this one. A really punishing ball carrier. Hunter Paisami is now a more controlled player. His carrying into contact is very impressive for an 80 kg man. Interestingly, if you saw Nick Bishops latest article, he has a team for RC with Kerevi at 12. Also Skelton in the team. Not sure if there will be o’seas players as early as RC though….but need them in by the EYOT games.

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