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Dan Carter reportedly injured during New Zealand training

Updated: Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 18:17 | Comments

Dan Carter missed New Zealand's march to the World Cup last year after being injured during the pool stages
Dan Carter missed New Zealand's march to the World Cup last year after being injured during the pool stages

World champions New Zealand are reportedly sweating on the fitness of fly-half star Dan Carter for Saturday's Millennium Stadium clash against Wales.

Carter pulled up with what appeared to be a leg or groin injury during today's All Blacks training session at the University of Glamorgan, according to New Zealand media website stuff.co.nz.

The website says Carter appeared in immediate discomfort and changed training bibs with Aaron Cruden during a shortened work-out because of bad weather.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was questioned about Carter's fitness at a press conference in Cardiff this morning, which took place before training.

Asked if Carter was carrying an injury, Hansen emphatically replied: "No".

Cruden would be the obvious replacement if 93 times-capped Carter is sidelined, although there has been no official comment from the All Blacks camp since training today.

The squad's final run-out is scheduled for the Millennium Stadium tomorrow, when it is likely that any decision would be made.

Carter has scored 162 points in nine appearances against Wales, while the All Blacks, who are unbeaten in 19 Tests, conclude their autumn tour against England at Twickenham on Saturday week.

Injury cut short his World Cup campaign last year, but the All Blacks still lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy after they lost Carter during the competition's pool stages.

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