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Graham Henry: 'Injury is devastating for Dan Carter'

Henry: 'Injury is devastating for Carter'
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New Zealand coach Graham Henry refuses to downplay the injury to star player Dan Carter.

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has conceded that Dan Carter is devastated after he was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a groin injury.

The 29-year-old picked up the injury during kicking practice on Friday and his absence will be a blow to the hosts' chances of winning the tournament.

"It is devastating for Daniel. He has played 86 test matches he has been a world class player for a long time," Henry said.

"He is probably one of the greatest players ever produced by this country and this was his pinnacle.

"He has had a lot of focus on this tournament for the past couple of years and it is devastating he can't be a part of that."

New Zealand qualified for the quarter-finals after winning all of their group matches.


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