NZ to bring in Taylor after Carter injury
Flyhalf Daniel Carter was ruled out for six weeks with a shoulder injury.
AUCKLAND - New Zealand will call up Tom Taylor for their final two tests of the Rugby Championship in Argentina and South Africa after flyhalf Daniel Carter was ruled out for six weeks with a shoulder injury, coach Steve Hansen said on Sunday.
Carter was the victim of a crunching tackle by Bismarck du Plessis early in Saturday's Eden Park clash, which the All Blacks won 29-15 to move to the top of the Rugby Championship standings.
The Springboks hooker was controversially shown a yellow card for the tackle by referee Romain Poite and then sent off early in the second half when he received another for lifting his elbow into the throat of flanker Liam Messam.
"We haven't finalised that but it's likely to be Tom Taylor," Hansen told reporters at the team hotel when asked if a replacement for Carter would be needed for the tests in La Plata and Johannesburg.
"Dan has done a grade three AC joint in his shoulder and it looks like he's gone for six weeks. Hopefully he'll be back on the plane for Paris (on the All Blacks' end of season tour)."
It will be Carter's third injury-enforced absence this year after he suffered a broken hand that ruled him out for two games against France in June and then a calf strain that kept him out of the two Rugby Championship games against Australia.
He returned against Argentina last week and Saturday's match at Eden Park was the first time in this season's southern hemisphere competition the All Blacks had the same player at flyhalf for successive tests.
Aaron Cruden played the first match against Australia, then suffered a knee injury that has kept him out since.