Carter doubtful for second Test

PA Sport - Mon, 21 Jun 12:07:00 2010

Dan Carter is one of several New Zealand players in doubt for Saturday's series finale against Wales.

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All Blacks coach Graham Henry is due to name his team for the clash in Hamilton on Tuesday but assistant coach Wayne Smith said a decision on whether the star fly-half will play is not likely to be made until two days later.

Carter pulled up with a tight calf late in the 42-9 triumph in Carisbrook last weekend and was replaced by Aaron Cruden.

But by that point the 28-year-old had left an indelible mark on the match. Aside from kicking four conversions and three penalties, Carter showed he was back to his best with ball in hand as he ran Wales ragged to score two of his side's five tries.

"He'll have to have a couple of days of modified training," Smith said. "We probably won't be able to make a decision until Thursday on him given the nature of the tightening of the calf.

"It's not actually a calf pull or anything like that, it's just a tightening. But we've got to make sure it's right."

Lock Anthony Boric, full-back Israel Dagg and centre Conrad Smith are the others in doubt for Saturday's match.

Boric has a fractured cheekbone, Dagg concussion and Smith got a poke in the eye which has left him with blurred vision.

But given the nature of the injuries and with the Tri-Nations just around the corner, it is unlikely any of them will be risked this weekend.

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