Daniel Carter is back for the All Blacks ahead of the annual end of year Northern Tour.
In a squad with little surprises, Steve Hansen will surely look to include Daniel Carter as part of the run on squad for the test against the USA in Chicago.
Sonny Bill Williams would be expected to come off the bench.
Many will see it as imperative that Carter starts in the All Blacks hit out in America, just to provide something a bit different to the All Black backline which has remained fairly status quo for most of the season, even with the chop n change between Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden.
Barrett has performed well in Cruden’s hiatus, but still hasn’t stepped up to a level which would solidify him as the preferential test starter, a position that many in New Zealand still believe belongs to Carter.
One media outlet was qouted as saying that the All Blacks won’t win the World Cup next year if Carter isn’t involved, and after the weekends outing against the Wallabies, some would be calling for Carter’s return to provide a little more balance to the back line.
Much will be made of Daniel’s return.
Hansen and the coaches may have Carter come off the bench and maybe get 20 odd minutes game time against USA.
But they should consider giving him a full 40 minutes from the start of the game, then have Cruden come off the bench if need be. It would be hard to imagine that the selectors would leave Cruden out of the match day 23 next time around, so he would be the likely starter or bench warmer in front or behind of Carter.
The All Blacks next game is slated for November 2nd.