Dan Carter’s injury doesn’t mean defeat

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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15th October, 2011
A month ago I wrote that “anyone who doubted there’s a malign force in the universe determined to squeeze every last drop of optimism out of the New Zealand public must surely now be convinced”. I should have known better. I should have realised it was reckless to be expending precious reserves of pessimism before the World Cup was even under way. Short of declaring the All Blacks can’t win the tournament without Dan Carter, it’s difficult to overstate the significance of his unavailability: put simply, he’s the best in the business in a critical position. The inside backs ...

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