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Flyhalf fears for All Blacks against Wallabies

August 18, 2013

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The All Blacks are facing injury concerns at flyhalf after their commanding 47-29 win over Australia in the opening test of the Rugby Championship.

Star No. 10 Dan Carter missed Saturday’s test with a calf muscle strain and remains unavailable for the return match at Wellington this weekend.

In Carter’s absence, Aaron Cruden played an outstanding match at flyhalf in Sydney but left the field late in the match with a knee injury. Beauden Barrett replaced Cruden but was also limping by the end of the match because of a sore calf.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has selected flyhalves Tom Taylor and Colin Slade as injury cover as New Zealand prepares for Saturday’s match. Backrowers Luke Whitelock and Brad Shields have also been added to the New Zealand squad.

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