WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will begin a comeback he hopes will carry him to next year's Rugby World Cup in a match for his Canterbury province on the weekend.

Carter's eight-month sabbatical was interupted last month when he fractured the fibula in his right leg. He has played only a handful of matches this season.

His appearance for Canterbury against Southland in New Zealand's provincial championships on Saturday — his first since 2009 — may lead to his return to the All Blacks squad which tours the United States and Britain later this year.

But he is now likely third in the All Blacks' pecking order of flyhalves behind Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett and needs compelling form to ensure he appears next year at his fourth World Cup.