New Zealand & Dan Carter

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New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter is named World Rugby player of the year and the All Blacks are team of the year.
So happy for Dan Carter and New Zealand. Worthy winners!
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Steve Hansen has named his final 31-man New Zealand squad to face England in the three-Test series which starts on Saturday. Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa and Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu are the two uncapped players while blindside flanker Jerome Kaino is recalled after a spell in Japan. Dan Carter is not included being on sabbatical but Aaron Cruden and Kieran Rad are despite making their return to competition in the last weeks after two months on the sidelines with injuries. “In selecting our squad, once again we have tried to balance experience and youth with form in Super Rugby and proven performances in the All Black jersey,” said Hansen. “England have been the most improved side in World Rugby in the last two years. Their coach Stuart Lancaster has built depth in his side and a strong culture, so they will be a formidable opponent and one we are very excited about playing. “Those who think England will be fielding a weak side in the First Test are completely underestimating the quality ...
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has included uncapped lock Patrick Tuipulotu and centre Malakai Fekitoa in his 31-man squad for the three-test series against England, which starts next week. Scrumhalf TJ Perenara is a third player hoping to make his debut in tests in Auckland, Dunedin and Hamilton over the next three weeks, although he was involved in the national set-up last year. There were also recalls for loose forwards Jerome Kaino and Victor Vito but flyhalf Dan Carter was not considered as he continues his sabbatical. Tuipulotu's call-up came after test second row Luke Romano was ruled out of the rest of the Super Rugby season when he suffered a lower leg injury last month. At 1.98m and 121 kgs, the hulking 21-year-old Tuipulotu has proved more than a handful for Super Rugby defences in some impressive outings for the Auckland Blues this season. Livewire Tongan-born centre Fekitoa, who turned 22 last month, is an equally powerful threat and has scored six tries for the Otago Highlanders this season. ...
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A shining season by a world champion rugby team attained mythical status when New Zealand came back from the brink to defeat Ireland 24-22 in the final test of the year in November to complete the first perfect season of the professional era. New Zealand trailed 19-0 after 18 minutes and 22-7 at halftime, but came storming home to win in the most dramatic of circumstances and courtesy of two of their stand-in men. A stoppage time try to replacement back Ryan Crotty left Aaron Cruden, who had replaced the injured Dan Carter at flyhalf, with the conversion kick to seal the win. The kick sailed wide but agonisingly for the Irish, they were penalised for rushing out too quickly at the kicker, allowing Cruden to coolly slot it on the second attempt and secure the All Blacks their 14th win from 14 for the year.
All Blacks: Gone too soon By Paul Lewis The strange debate this year about whether Dan Carter should give way to Aaron Cruden in the All Blacks led Paul Lewis to compile a XV of those either pensioned off too early or who left the stage before time. New Zealand rugby fans can be viciously *** their heroes. A test match against an energised France where he didn't star as he normally does - and suddenly Dan Carter, the most skilled and effective first five eighths in New Zealand history, was a target for some trolls, media provocateurs and talkback callers. It brought to mind others who have either been prematurely dumped or whose careers have ended, maybe before their time, for other reasons. Here's an attempted FirstXV. Hooker Bruce Hemara 1985 (0 tests, 3 matches) Bruce Hemara. Possibly the unluckiest hooker in New Zealand's modern rugby history, Hemara was a small (1.78m, 88kg) hooker who was fast, skilful and a good ball handler.Thwarted in his early career by the dominance of Andy Dalton and Hika ...
Wat is u mening hieroor: Lees wat skryf Gordon Popham: The New Zealand rugby year wrapped up on Thursday night with the annual Steinlager rugby awards. Predictably Kieran Read won the Kel Tremain player of the year to add to his IRB title and the All Blacks won team of the year after their ‘perfect’ season. The All Blacks had a remarkable year becoming the first team in the professional era to win each and every game they played in a calendar year. For this to occur the team must be well coached, have great preparation, a great culture and of course great players. However this last point may prove to be the All Blacks downfall starting next year and ending at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The fact that they are holding onto past greats and nursing them through campaigns can only be detrimental to the team long term. Players such as Dan Carter, Riche McCaw, Kevin Mealamu and Tony Woodcock, well, to be frank their best days are behind them. Daniel Carter has been the best first five-eighth the world has eve ...
New Zealand should bring Dan Carter on, can't believe he's not playing.
The All Blacks guide to being successful (off the field) When England faced the All Blacks last Saturday, they lined up against statistically the most successful sporting team in human history. New Zealand's win-rate over the last 100 years is over 75 per cent. It's a phenomenal record, and an achievement matched by no other elite team, in any code. Here are five lessons in leadership we all can learn from the All Blacks and there successes on and off the field. food for thought with a whole lot of humble pie. peep it. 1. Sweep the sheds Before leaving the dressing room at the end of the game, some of the most famous names in World Rugby – including Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Mils Muliana – stop and tidy up after themselves. They literally and figuratively 'sweep the sheds'. Former All Black Andrew Mehrtens describes it as an example of personal humility, a cardinal All Blacks value. Though it might seem strange for a team of imperious dominance, humility is core to their culture. The All Blacks bel ...
Key Clash Preview and Prediction: Ireland v New Zealand November 22, 2013 A quick glance at the key statistics make for unpleasant reading if you’re an Irish fan; 27 games, 103 tries conceded and 0 wins. Ireland’s record against New Zealand is abysmal. While there have been a couple of near misses over the years, opportunities to claim a maiden win over the All Blacks have been few and far between. In 1973 an Ireland team including Mike Gibson, Willie John McBride and Fergus Slattery drew 10-10 at Lansdowne Roadd, 21 consecutive defeats since then somewhat highlights the irrelevance of that game. More recently, Ireland suffered a narrow 22-19 loss in Christchurch last summer. A result was snatched from their grasp courtesy of a late Dan Carter drop goal. Keen to avoid another tight game, the following week New Zealand inflicted upon Ireland a 60-0 drubbing in the third test, their heaviest ever loss. It’s something of an understatement to say so, but for Ireland to stand any chance of an upset on Su ...
All Blacks v Ireland Landsdown Road Dublin Ireland New Zealand has made sweeping changes to its starting lineup for Sunday's test against Ireland as it tries to wrap up its perfect season with another win. Aaron Cruden has been named at flyhalf in place of Dan Carter, who suffered an Achilles tendon injury during his 100th test match against England last weekend. Wyatt Crockett replaces injured test centurion Tony Woodcock at loosehead prop in a lineup which still has a cumulative 798 test caps. Winger Cory Jane returns in place of Charles Piutau, while lock Luke Romano replaces Brodie Retallick. Andrew Hore takes over from Keven Mealamu at hooker in his 83rd test and Steven Luatua starts on the blindside flank in place of Liam Messam. Sam Cane has been named on the bench to provide loose forward cover and scrumhalf T.J. Perenara has a chance to make his test debut if he takes the field as a replacement. Perenara has twice previously been in line for a test cap but has been denied by injuries. New Zealand ...
New Zealand team to play Ireland November 22, 2013 Hansen has made several changes to the New Zealand side to take on Ireland on Sunday. Aaron Cruden comes in for the injured Dan Carter at fly-half, while Cory Jane returns to the XV in place of Charles Piutau. In the forwards, there is a complete change of the front row as Wyatt Crockett, Andrew Hore and Charlie Faumuina all start. Behind them Luke Romano gets a start in place of Brodie Retallick, while Steven Luatua comes in on the blindside for Liam Messam. On the bench, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara (who will win his first cap should he come on), Beauden Barrett and Ryan Crotty all feature. “This Test against the Irish is another great opportunity for the team to put in a performance we can all be proud of,” said Hansen. “Though we have won the last two Tests on the Air New Zealand European Tour (against France and England), we would like to see an improvement on those two performances. “We love playing in Ireland and have a lot of respect for the Iris ...
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Owen Farrell says there is no danger England will be overawed by New Zealand or Dan Carter, who is set to make his 100th Test appearance on Saturday
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has hailed Dan Carter as the fly-half prepared to become only the fifth All Black to win 100 caps.
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Catching up on the new Zealand France game and its unreal how natural the all blacks look playing! Dan Carter really is a master of the game
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ABs hold on for win in Paris 2013-11-10 Paris - Wing Charles Piutau and No 8 Kieran Read scored second-half tries as New Zealand won 26-19 (half-time 9-all) against France to maintain their unbeaten record this year and beat the French for the eighth successive time. After a close first half, which saw Morgan Parra and Dan Carter cancel each other out with three penalties each, the game started to open up more in the second period. The All Blacks capitalised on some poor defending when Piutau touched down in the left corner and Read scored in almost exactly the same place after being brilliantly set up by Piutau. Fullback Brice Dulin got France's try, but with only 10 minutes left it was too late for a comeback. Tempers frayed near the end, with France camped on New Zealand's line but the All Blacks held on. Scorers: France: Try: Brice Dulin Conversion: Morgan Parra Penalties: Parra (4) New Zealand: Tries: Charles Piutau, Kieran Read Conversions: Dan Carter (2) Penalties: Carter (4) Teams: France: 15 Bric ...
New Zealand and France name teams for Paris clash November 7, 2013 New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has recalled his big guns ahead of their clash with France this weekend in Paris. He has put his faith in experience, and named the most capped All Black team in history. There are three test centurions – Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock – giving the starting line-up a total of 853 caps. A further 112 on the bench give 965 overall. Just four players – McCaw, Dan Carter, Charles Piutau and Ben Smith – retain their places in the starting line-up from the team that hammered Japan last weekend. Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ma’a Nonu and Aaron Smith return to the backline, while Kieran Read, Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Mealamu and Woodcock all come back into the pack. France coach Phillipe Saint-André, meanwhile, hands just a second cap to 24-year old Racing Métro flanker Wenceslas Lauret. Pascal Papé returns in the second row, while the preference is certainly on ...
Hansen hails AB's character Johannesburg - Coach Steve Hansen has hailed the character of his all-conquering All Blacks Saturday after they showed why they boss World Rugby with a 38-27 victory over the second-ranked Springboks. The five-try triumph at Ellis Park in Johannesburg maintained the perfect record of New Zealand in the two-year southern hemisphere Rugby Championship competition with 12 consecutive wins. Even yellow cards for flank Liam Messam and prop Ben Franks did not upset the reigning world champions, who led 21-15 at half-time and ruthlessly exposed Springbok defensive frailties. "The boys showed a lot of character," said Hansen, assistant to Graham Henry when the All Blacks pipped France for the 2011 World Cup in Auckland. "We are thrilled with the win and the manner in which we got it -- two yellow cards meant we played 20 minutes with 14 men." Hansen said a team lacking injured first-choice fly-half Dan Carter showed their mettle during an opening half in which they were regularly under ...
Well played New Zealand that was a great match however, that ABs side is virtually identical to the one England clobbered a year ago at Twickenham. Actually the team England beat had Dan Carter at 10 so were probably a stronger side. Bring on November and we will see where we are.
BOKS NOT THINKING ABOUT ALL BLACKS Springbok boss Heyneke Meyer believes Saturday's Test with Australia at Newlands will be their most important match of the tournament. There has been plenty of hype around South Africa's final match of the tournament against New Zealand, with many Springbok supporters viewing it as a opportunity to gain revenge after their controversial defeat to the All Blacks in Auckland. Referee Romain Poite incorrectly yellow carded Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis for a tackle on Dan Carter that eventually led to the hooker being sent off for a second yellow later in the game. But Meyer revealed that he has moved on from that defeat and that he wasn't thinking of the upcoming Test against the world champions in Johannesburg on October 5. "The main thing for us is to be positive and to be focused," he said at a press conference in Cape Town on Monday. "We can't look past this game (against Australia). This is a must-win game, we gave ourselves an opportunity to win the championsh ...
  New Zealand ended a 24-year frustrating wait to lift the William Webb Ellis Trophy beating France in the rugby finals, a feat which moved thousands of home fans who sensed from the start that this would be the year the ‘Men in Black’ will rewrite the history books of Rugby Union.   This win marks perhaps the first occasion when a favourite team won the Rugby World Cup. There were worries in the All Blacks’ camp when regular fly half Dan Carter was ruled out through injury. But then the worries "continued to grow when the replacement fly half Aaron Cruden was forced out of the final due to a serious overstretching of ligaments supporting the knee joint. France played the game of their life in the final and denied New Zealand the ball as much as they wished. But New Zealand’s defence held sway and they marveled the packed 60,000 gathering with the sleek moves of theirs, even when possession was reduced to scraps. In the end, a 8-7 score in favour of All Blacks produced ...
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Says a lot that New Zealand losing Dan Carter to injury isn't even an issue. Aaron Cruden is a world-class replacement.
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Well I have been out for a couple of beers or nine tonight and I am getting a little fed up with all these Lions fans who say they are going to win tomorrow about beating Australia.Wow we just imagine if Australia, South Africa and then if you want to make it even harder New Zealand put a combined team together against one of the home countries or even the Lions.Who would win ??? Dan Carter and Richie McCaw excluded.Have a cup a tea in the morning you rugby fans and enjoy the game but I am afraid you are going to get beat and by the way leave the drinking up to the Football boys !
CHIEFS V CRUSADERS AMI Stadium Brodie Retallick won't deny it - he is relishing the opportunity to come up against fellow All Black locks Sam Whitelock and Luke Romano in Christchurch tonight. Retallick's battle against Whitelock, the All Blacks' top-rated lock, and Romano will be one of several mouth-watering match-ups when the Chiefs take on the Crusaders at AMI Stadium. The others include Ben Tameifuna against Wyatt Crockett in the front row, Sam Cane against Matt Todd in the No7 jersey and Aaron Cruden against Dan Carter at first-five. "It's always something to look forward to, especially playing against the other two locks," Retallick said. "It's a chance to prove yourself. It's in the back of the mind, I'm not trying to think about it too much, but it's always going to be there, knowing that you're going up against those two." A single competition point will be enough for the Chiefs to top the New Zealand conference heading into the play-offs, while the home side will be desperate for points to ceme ...
The return of veteran Dan Carter and the injection of new blood headline a raft of changes to the All Blacks for the final Test against France on Saturday. There are 5 changes to the run on side and 3 new faces added to the reserves are expected to make their debuts off the bench at New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium. The All Blacks already have the series wrapped up after winning the 1st 2 Tests 23-13 and 30-0 but coach Steve Hansen insisted he is not taking France lightly despite the experimental look to the 3rd Test. New Zealand; Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Rene Ranger, Dan Carter, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read(captain), Sam Cane. Victor Vito, Sam Whitlock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Wyatt Crockett Replacements; Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Ben Franks, Steven Luatua, Matt Todd, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau.
He might not be considered New Zealand's premier No 10 right now but there is a strong sense that Aaron Cruden is getting closer to rearranging the established order every time he takes the field. Dan Carter is still the All Blacks' lead man and has been since the reign of King Carlos (Spencer) ended eight years ago. But it's almost by accident, or fate, that his apprentice, who will start in Saturday's Steinlager series-opening Test against France, has taken centre stage for the big acts. What's more impressive is that at the beginning of just his third international season the All Blacks won't lose much, if anything, by picking Cruden, who will likely start the next Test in Christchurch while Carter nurses a cracked bone in his hand. Called upon as Sir Graham Henry's third-choice play-maker at the business end of the 2011 World Cup, Cruden jumped off his skateboard in Palmerston North and never looked back. In 11 Test appearances since then he has shown flashes of a promising future and also led the Chi ...
This is a Preview: New Zealand v France..! HEAD TO HEAD: Played: 51, New Zealand 38, France 12, Draw 1 LAST TIME: New Zealand beat France 8-7, World Cup final 2011 at Eden Park WALKING WOUNDED: The French left Morgan Parra and Francois Trinh-Duc in order to give them a break after five seasons. They have also undergone a radical change of personnel with many players who played in their Top 14 competition not arriving until this week and excluded from Test consideration as a result. New Zealand have lost first five-eighths Dan Carter to a cracked bone in his hand while veteran prop Tony Woodcock is also out with an abscess in his nose. Halfback Piri Weepu has been rested after last week's head knock. FORM: France suffered a miserable Six Nations, finishing last. They are in a significant rebuilding phase under coach Philippe Saint-Andreu and will be looking to make progress while on this tour of New Zealand. They are not helped by the lack of experience for the First Test especially. New Zealand, on the ot ...
The greatest fly halve of the professional era!! Better than Italy's Diego Domínguez, France's Christophe Lamaison, Australia's Matt Giteau, South Africa's Percy Montgomery, Wales Neil Jenkins, England's Johnny Wilkinson and New Zealand's Dan Carter! His defensive game was questionable, but his kicking, passing and attacking game was second to none. Should have won more in the game and if Ireland had a decent coach he would have and should have lifted the Web Ellis trophy at least twice! The man owes nothing to both Munster and Ireland and I hope he stays on for one more year, the man is simply a LEGEND!!!
Hurricanes shock Crusaders Cape Town - The Hurricanes have upset the seven-time Super Rugby champion Crusaders in their New Zealand derby in Wellington on Friday. The Hurricanes won 29-28 after leading 12-7 at half-time. The Hurricanes, who had lost their first two matches this season, scored tries through wings Julian Savea and Alapati Leiua. Flyhalf Beauden was on target with both conversions and five penalties. The Crusaders, who have now lost both their matches this season, replied with tries by centre Ryan Crotty, hooker Corey Flynn, fullback Israel Dagg and flyhalf and Dan Carter. Carter was also on target with all four conversions for a personal tally of 13 points. The Hurricanes picked up four points to move to third in the New Zealand Conference and ninth in the Overall standings. The Crusaders left Wellington with two points - for scoring four tries and for losing by seven or fewer points, and stayed fourth in the New Zealand Conference. In next weekend's Round 5 action, the Hurricanes travel to ...
A captain's homecoming This week Brendon McCullum will lead his country's team in the town where he grew up If it hadn't been for the absence of a pair of boots, Brendon McCullum might have been representing New Zealand in a different sport. Like other southern hemisphere cricketers, McCullum could have chosen rugby for his career. And it would not have been the lesser option. He was once good enough to keep Dan Carter out of a South Islands schools team. There is a story told by those who know him from his days at Kings High School in Dunedin - which has perhaps been slightly embellished over time - that shortly after being selected for a rugby match at about the age of 20, McCullum was hurrying around trying to find a pair of boots to borrow. However, before he could find them, Richard Hadlee, who was New Zealand's chairman of selectors at the time, was on the phone with the message, "Don't give him those boots." McCullum had already been involved in New Zealand age-group cricket, and Hadlee was underst ...
Mom arrives from Indonesia and Dad from New Zealand this afternoon. There best be Hello Kitty and Dan Carter in their suitcases.
New Zealand fly half Dan Carter has been named the IRB Player of the Year for 2012. It is the second time the All Blacks star has won the award, the 30-year-old having received the honour back in 2005 and therefore becomes the only player other than his captain Richie McCaw to have received the pres...
IRB Player of the Year: Dan Carter. IRB Team of the Year: New Zealand. IRB Coach of the Year: Steve Hansen.
If England stop Richie McCaw and Dan Carter today then we will beat New Zealand!
Owen Farrell to go head-to-head with Dan Carter when England take on New Zealand
New Zealand's Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, as well as England's Owen Farrell, and France's Frédéric Michalak, have been shortlisted for the IRB's Player of the Year Award.
Amazing day at work! Stood right next to Prince Williams and Kate Middleton, served Nessa from Gavin and Stacey and all the Wales and New Zealand players. Its safe to say that Dan Carter is even sexier in real life. I love my job
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People are saying that without Dan Carter we have a chance. New Zealand won the World Cup with fourth choice Stephen Donald at number 10, he was up a ladder putting tiles on his roof when he got the call.
Don't you just hate it when so-called female "rugby fans" can only name Dan Carter and Richie McCaw from the entire New Zealand squad!
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has been ruled out of Saturdays Test clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
World champions New Zealand are reportedly sweating on the fitness of fly-half star Dan Carter for Saturday’s Millennium Stadium clash against Wales.
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Dan Carter has returned to New Zealand's squad for their final two Rugby Championship matches after a calf injury.
Dan Carter of the All Blacks poses during a New Zealand All Blacks IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 headshot session at the Heritage Hotel on September 2, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Dan Carter scored 17-points with the boot as New Zealand crushed Australia 22 – 0 to remain unbeaten in the Rugby Championship.
oh when will the national selectors wake up and finally realise Dan Carter is past it and Aaron Cruden is now the best first five in New Zealand lol
Ireland trio come in for NZ game Ireland bring in Paddy Wallace, Keith Earls and Peter O'Mahony for the third Test against a New Zealand side missing Dan Carter.
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New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter ruled out with hamstring injury & will be replaced by Aaron Cruden for Saturday's 3rd Test v Ireland.
A terrific performance by Ireland, one of the best ever, but it just wasn't enough to beat the All Blacks. Ireland were on top for most of the game, but gave away too many silly penalties (which you can't do against a kicker of Dan Carter's calibre. Over 1200 points in international rugby). And Carter got a last minute drop-goal to break the hearts. A complete turnaround from last week. The question is now will Ireland be able to take the momentum into the last game and finally end the bogey. I have a feeling that that was their big perfomance and they'll be spent for next week, while New Zealand will have their dander up (they also might have been overawed by the occasion-the first international in Christchurch since the 2 earthquakes in 2010). Still, a great team effort from our lads, the best since beating Australia in the World Cup.
Tony Woodcock wins his 85th cap for the All Blacks when he takes to the field against Ireland. He made his debut in 2002 in a 43-17 win in Cardiff against Wales. Saturday’s Test against Ireland will be his 76th start for New Zealand, putting WOODCOCK third on the all-time list of Test starts at prop behind Jason Leonard (104 starts) and John Hayes (100 starts). • JAMIE HEASLIP will make his 50th Test appearance for Ireland on Saturday. A loss to New Zealand will see his win ratio for his country fall to just 50%. • A win over Ireland this weekend would give the All Blacks their 60th victory in 68 matches with RICHIE MCCAW as captain. Last weekend’s victory saw MCCAW ‘s win ratio as All Blacks skipper increase to 88%, compared to Sean Fitzpatrick’s 76%, Wilson Whineray’s 73% and Reuben Thorne with 87%. • DAN CARTER, with 1267 points, needs another 33 to break the 1,300 point barrier in Test rugby which would make him the first person to ever succeed in that feat. • ALI WILLIAMS will w ...
Anniversary o the 'King". For my rugby fan friends only. Lovely piece by Clive Rees today on the 40th anniversary of Barry John's premature retirement from the game whilst at the absolute top. The then and the now. Today, Thursday, is the 40th anniversary of Barry John's final match. When he lined up for his own XV against a Carwyn James XV at the National Stadium in Cardiff on 26 April 1972, in a game hastily arranged to raise funds for the Urdd, the Welsh youth movement, very few knew that it would be the last time the fly-half, who had been dubbed the King after the Lions's conquest of New Zealand 12 months before, would pull on a No10 jersey. More than 30,000, three times the crowd that turned up at the ground the following Saturday for the cup final between Neath and Llanelli, were there to watch John sign off with a trademark try, ghosting out of tackles on a 40-metre run, defenders falling over as if they were cardboard cut-outs blown down by the force of the fly-half's slipstream. John was 27 whe ...
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The Crusaders helped Dan Carter celebrate his 100th Super Rugby game in style with a comprehensive 42 - 14 victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington New Zealand. . We salute u ''Dan the Man''
Crusaders move Carter to 12 for crunch The Crusaders' run of South African opposition continues this weekend, but this time they'll be back on home ground when they tackle the table-topping Stormers. The Crusaders return to the new revamped stadium in the Christchurch suburb of Addington, this Saturday. After starting the season with three successive encounters against New Zealand opposition - the Blues, Highlanders and Chiefs - the Crusaders will face the unbeaten Stormers after encounters with the Bulls and Lions. Coach Todd Blackadder has made four changes to the side that lost to the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend. The Franks brothers swap positions, with Ben starting in the No.3 jersey this week and Owen providing cover from the bench. Tom Donnelly comes back into the starting fifteen and Luke Romano takes a place in the reserves. Tom Taylor also returns to the starting line-up flyhalf, with Dan Carter moving out to inside centre. That change sees Ryan Crotty drop to the bench. Crusaders: 15 Israel D ...
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