All Blacks centurion Dan Carter in contention to face Scotland

New Zealand coach confirms that the Crusaders outside-half will get game time against Scotland and Wales

Dan Carter is expected to return to the New Zealand match-day squad for their clash with Scotland at BT Murrayfield on Saturday.

After a 30-minute cameo against the USA in Chicago at the start of the month, the Crusaders outside-half had to settle for water boy duties during the All Blacks’ 24-21 win over England last weekend as he continues his comeback from a broken leg.

Whether he’s starting or comes off the bench, he’s likely to be there in some form

Ian Foster

While Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett have done an admirable job sharing the famous All Blacks 10 jersey in Carter’s absence, he is set to get game time in their final two tour matches against Scotland and Wales.

“We are keen for Dan to get significant game time on this tour,” assistant coach Ian Foster said.

“Whether he’s starting or comes off the bench, he’s likely to be there in some form.”

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen had determined that the 32-year-old wasn’t match ready to face the Red Rose last week with his leg injury coming in August’s Super Rugby final, nine months after he began a sabbatical.

Hansen will name his side to face Scotland on Thursday.

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