Carter has turned into All Black’s No.1 fan
New Zealand’s injured fly-half Dan Carter admits he’s turned into the All Blacks’ No.1 fan since a torn groin tendon ruled him out of the World Cup.
Carter was instrumental in the Kiwis’ romp through the group stages, including a crushing 37-17 victory against France – their opponents in Sunday’s final in Auckland.
The injury to talisman Carter was met with nationwide despair in New Zealand and against France, 22-year-old Aaron Cruden, the All Blacks’ third choice out-half, will make only his third international start.
And while Carter revealed his initial reaction to his injury was to give the World Cup a wide berth, he has now embraced the tournament in his own back yard.
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"I was pretty gutted the first few days. I guess anger did creep in a little bit," said Carter, who has now undergone surgery on his injured groin.
"I didn't really want anything to do with the World Cup. I wasn't going to go to any games, I sort of dropped my lip a bit.
"Then it kind of hit me after five or six days that the World Cup is here in my home country and I'm going to make the most of it like everyone else and get to the games, enjoy the atmosphere.
"It's been quite different for me and I've loved every minute of it.
"I'm not a very good spectator. I get so nervous I'm commentating, having conversations with myself. I've been told to shut up a few times. But that's how passionate I am. I just want the boys to win so badly."