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All Blacks name Carter, Sonny Bill
20 Oct 2014 10:10
Injured fly-half Dan Carter did enough to prove his fitness to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and win a berth in the All Blacks squad for their November tour.
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Carter, one of three fly-halves in the 34-man squad named today, replaces Colin Slade, who kicked the game-winning conversion against Australia on Saturday.
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Carter will go on tour for tests against the United States, England, Scotland and Wales despite having barely played this year and still trying to overcome the effects of a broken leg sustained in the Super Rugby final in August.
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"He's been training without being able to play because he's had a bit of nerve damage to the leg he broke," Hansen told Fairfax Media in Christchurch of Carter's inclusion.
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"He's getting better and better all the time and he's extremely confident of being able to play.
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"He knows his body better than anybody and if he's confident, I'm confident."
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While Hansen said Carter was confident of getting through unscathed, Slade's conversion of Malaki Fekitoa's 80th minute try that clinched a 29-28 victory over the Wallabies may not be his last act on the rugby field this year.
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"We've spoken to Sladey about the DC situation," Hansen added.
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"We'll monitor DC this week and get an idea of where he's likely to be.
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"If DC can't make this trip because of his leg then Colin Slade will come back in."
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Code-swapping centre Sonny Bill Williams was included after having played less than a full game of rugby since his return to the 15-man code following two seasons with the Sydney Roosters in Australia's National Rugby League.
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Williams had a successful stint in union that included a World Cup win with the All Blacks in 2011 and a Super Rugby title with the Waikato Chiefs.
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However, with only five tests before next year's World Cup, Hansen was keen to have Williams involved as quickly as possible.
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