All Blacks assistant Foster pleased with Carter progress

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster believes Dan Carter has showed signs of returning to his best as the All Blacks debate whether to hand him a start against England this weekend. [more]

All Blacks assistant Foster pleased with Carter progress

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster believes Dan Carter has showed signs of returning to his best as the All Blacks debate whether to hand him a start against England this weekend.

Carter made his first appearance since suffering a broken leg while playing for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final defeat to the Waratahs at the start of August against the USA on Saturday.

The 32-year-old fly-half came off the bench to feature as the All Blacks ran in 12 tries for a 74-6 victory in front of a packed out crowd at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Aaron Cruden started the USA clash and, while it remains to be seen who will be handed the No.10 jersey at Twickenham, assistant coach Foster is pleased with Carter’s progress.

“Dan came through really well. He had a smile on his face afterwards and the signs are really, really positive,” he said. “It was a good first step for him and we're delighted with that.

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“I thought he looked half a yard off the pace early on but I think we started to see him get back in to the right sort of tempo as the game finished. We'll make an assessment when it's time this week.”

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