Carter urges All Blacks to regroup
Fly-half Dan Carter has urged New Zealanders to move on from his World Cup-ending injury and throw their full support behind the All Blacks.
Carter, who has amassed a record 1250 points during his 85-cap Test career, had been due to captain the All Blacks in their final Pool A fixture against Canada while regular skipper Richie McCaw rested a foot injury. But the 29-year-old tore a groin tendon in kicking practice during Saturday's eve-of-match training session, ending his participation in the tournament.
"I encourage everyone to move on - I have," said Carter, who has been replaced in the squad by Manawatu back Aaron Cruden. "I'm pretty disappointed, but I'm now here to help the team and I think everyone should move on too."
Colin Slade replaced Carter in the team against Canada and head coach Graham Henry has backed the replacement to step up.
Carter also believes the All Blacks can cope with his absence, beginning with the quarter-final against Argentina on Sunday in Auckland.
Carter added: "The team are pretty focused. If we lose any player we've got enough depth and we've got such a good squad that players come in and fill their roles.
"We're in the play-off stages; we've got effectively a final this week. Anything can happen.
"We just have to go out there and put everything on the line like there's no tomorrow."