Carter to start for Canterbury against Harbour
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Carter has not played a top-level game since injuring his Achilles while playing for Perpignan in France six months ago.
It will be Carter’s first game for Canterbury since October 6, 2006, when he played against Wellington in an NPC quarter-final.
He played 80 minutes for Southbridge against Hornby in the Ellesmere sub-union competition on Saturday, scoring a try and kicking two conversions in his team’s 34-13 victory.
Also returning from long-term injuries are wing James Paterson and hooker Ti’i Paulo. Both injured knees in last season’s Air New Zealand Cup and have not played a first-class game since.
Paterson hurt his knee in Canterbury’s semi-final victory over Hawkes Bay at AMI Stadium on October 18 and Paulo injured his a week earlier in the quarter-final win over Tasman.
Canterbury’s new All Blacks, prop Wyatt Crockett and flanker George Whitelock, the captain of the Red and Blacks this season, will start against Harbour.
Colin Slade, who played at first-five for the Junior All Blacks in Fiji recently, will start at fullback.
Five players new to the Canterbury squad will be on the bench
– hooker Will Catherwood, prop Andrew Olorenshaw, lock Luke Romano, flanker Mat