All Blacks first five-eighth Carter has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament because of the groin injury he suffered at a training session.
Carter has torn the adductor longus tendon in his left groin. His place in
the squad has been taken by Manawatu's Aaron Cruden who was yesterday contacted
by manager Darren Shand.
Backup first five-eighth Colin Slade will now be expected to wear the No 10 jersey for the crucial
play-off matches with Piri Weepu another option at first-five - as well as Cruden.
The local betting TAB reacted to the news, with the All Blacks still hot favourites to win
the tournament, easing out to $1.60, while South Africa dropped to $6 and