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Star All Black first-five Dan Carter says he is weighing up a move to the UK as he prepares to enter the final year of his present contract with the NZRU.
Carter, who is in England, overnight dropped a hint that he is considering playing careers options in England - a move which would see him become one of the highest paid players in the world.
His current contract with the NZRU ceases at the end of the 2009 season.
And while the NZRU will make a big push to retain his services, Carter says the UK is a possibility.
"I really enjoy playing over here (England) - there are great crowds and great people," Carter told Sky Sports News.
"It's something I'm going to have to have a good think about as I consider where I want my career to head, but it's definitely on the cards for the future.
"I have got one year left and until then I will be making a decision on where I want my career to head."
Several of Carter's All Black team-mates at the World Cup have already lead the post-season exodus to Europe - including Luke McAlister, Aaron Mauger, Carl Hayman, Byron Kelleher, Chris Jack and Anton Oliver.
And if Carter was to head off-shore, it could again raise the debate over whether the NZRU should ease their policy of banning overseas-based players from All Black selection.
Carter's comments about a possible shift off-shore are vastly different from what he said the day after the All Blacks shock World Cup exit to France in the quarterfinal in Cardiff.
At the side's farewell media session, he stated he wanted to stay in New Zealand for the 2011 World Cup.
"I'm only 25 and hopefully have a few years left in the black jersey," he said at the time.
"It's a good chance to sit down and plan the next few years and put my career exactly where I want it to go. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
"This black jersey means more to me than anything else. I'm keen to hang around and make the most of these next few years."
Carter has played 44 tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2003.
In 2005 he was voted the IRB's player of the year, an award which followed his sensational form in the All Blacks' 3-0 series win over the British Lions.
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New Zealand rugby squads for the 2008 Super 14 (* denotes draft player):-
Blues: Ben Atiga (Auckland), George Pisi (North Harbour), David Smith (Auckland), Rudi Wulf (North Harbour), Joe Rokocoko (Auckland), Benson Stanley (Auckland), Anthony Tuitavake (North Harbour), Jamie Helleur (Auckland), Isaia Toeava (Auckland), Isa Nacewa (Auckland), Nick Evans (Auckland), Danny Lee (Hawke's Bay*), Taniela Moa (Auckland), Nick Williams (North Harbour), Jerome Kaino (Auckland), Onosa'i Tololima Auva'a (Auckland), Daniel Braid (Auckland), Justin Collins (Northland), Bryn Evans (Hawke's Bay*), Kurtis Haiu (Auckland), Anthony Boric (North Harbour), Troy Flavell (Auckland), Tom McCartney (Auckland), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Bronson Murray (Northland), John Afoa (Auckland), Nick White (Auckland), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour).
In: Benson Stanley, Jamie Helleur, Nick Evans, Danny Lee, Taniela Moa, Bryn Evans, Tom McCartney, Bronson Murray
Out: Doug Howlett, James Somerset, Sam Tuitupou, Luke McAlister, David Holwell, Steve Devine, David Gibson, Angus Macdonald, Ali Williams, Greg Rawlinson, Chris Heard, Saimone Taumoepeau, Derren Witcombe, Sam Biddles
Chiefs: Mils Muliana (Waikato), Vili Waqaseduadua (North Harbour*), Sosene Anesi (Waikato), Leila Masaga (Counties-Manukau), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato), Dwayne Sweeney (Waikato), Richard Kahui (Waikato), Callum Bruce (Otago*), Tasesa Lavea (Counties-Manukau), Stephen Donald (Waikato), Jamie Nutbrown (Bay of Plenty), Brendon Leonard (Waikato), Fafili Levave (Wellington*), Sione Lauaki (Waikato), Tom Harding (Wellington*), Tanerau Latimer (Bay of Plenty), Hayden Hopgood (Canterbury*), Liam Messam (Waikato), Toby Lynn (Waikato), Kristian Ormsby (Counties-Manukau), Kevin O'Neill (Waikato), Jono Gibbes (Waikato), Aled de Malmanche (Waikato), Tom Willis (Waikato), Ben May (Tasman*), Ben Castle (Bay of Plenty), Craig West (Waikato), Simms Davison (Bay of Plenty).
In: Vili Waqaseduadua, Callum Bruce, Fafili Levave, Tom Harding, Hayden Hopgood, Kevin O'Neill, Ben May
Out: Roy Kinikinilau, Anthony Tahana, Niva Ta'auso, Tane Tu'ipulotu, Murray Williams, Byron Kelleher, Steven Bates, Marty Holah, Keith Robinson, Nathan White
Crusaders: Leon Macdonald (Canterbury), Scott Hamilton (Canterbury), Kade Poki (Tasman), Sean Maitland (Canterbury), Caleb Ralph (Tasman), Casey Laulala (Canterbury), Tim Bateman (Canterbury), Hamish Gard (Canterbury), Stephen Brett (Canterbury), Dan Carter (Canterbury), Andy Ellis (Canterbury) Kahn Fotuali'i (Tasman), Nasi Manu (Canterbury), Mose Tuiali'i (Canterbury), George Whitelock (Canterbury), Richie McCaw (Canterbury), Kieran Read (Canterbury), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury), Brad Thorn (Tasman), Michael Paterson (Canterbury), Ross Filipo (Wellington), Ali Williams (Tasman), Ti'i Paulo (Canterbury), Corey Flynn (Canterbury), Ben Franks (Canterbury), Campbell Johnstone (Canterbury), Greg Somerville (Canterbury), Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury)
In: Kade Poki, Sean Maitland, Hamish Gard, Kahn Fotuali'i, Nasi Manu, George Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Ali Williams
Out: Brent Ward, Paul Williams, Rico Gear, Aaron Mauger, Rua Tipoki, Tusi Pisi, Kevin Senio, Jake Paringatai, Johnny Leo'o, Jonathan Poff, Peter Nixon, Issac Ross, Chris Jack, Kevin O'Neill, Ben May
Highlanders: James Wilson (Southland), Paul Williams (Canterbury*), Lucky Mulipola (Otago), Fetu'u Vainikolo (Northland*), Brett Mather (Otago), Johnny Leota (Manawatu*), Niva Ta'auso (Counties-Manukau*), Aaron Bancroft (Otago), Mike Delany (Bay of Plenty*), Daniel Bowden (Otago), Toby Morland (Otago), Jimmy Cowan (Southland), Ezra Taylor (Otago), Stephen Setephano (Otago), Tim Boys (Southland), Alando Soaki (Otago), Adam Thompson (Otago), Craig Newby (Otago), Hoani MacDonald (Southland), Isaac Ross (Canterbury*), Hayden Triggs (Manawatu*), Tom Donnelly (Otago), David Hall (Southland), Jason Macdonald (Southland), Clint Newland (Hawke's Bay*), Chris King (Southland), Keith Cameron (Otago), Jamie Mackintosh (Sou
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Another lock has thrown a slight injury scare into the All Blacks camp at the Rugby World Cup in France.
Chris Jack came off worst in a collision with Sitiveni Sivivatu during a training run in Marseille this morning and left the field with ice on his shoulder.
With Keith Robinson and Reuben Thorne still sidelined and unable to train with the team, the All Blacks can ill afford to lose another second rower. Robinson still looked ginger on his injured calf while Thorne did little more than a gentle push on a scrum machine.
The team to play portugal will be named late tonight, Ali Williams will play but chris may not weather he is fit.
One of those likely to get a start is prop Greg Somerville, who will play his first test in a year after rupturing his Achilles tendon during the 2006 Tri Nations. Somerville says it was a relief just to make it to France but now he is itching to get on the field. He says has has done as much as he can to be ready without actually playing and is confident he is up to the challenge.
Meanwhile, Somerville is adamant the side will cope without forwards coach Steve Hansen. Hansen has returned to New Zealand to be with his sick mum but Somerville who will return to the side against Portugal this weekend, says they have plenty of people who can take charge.
Somerville says Mike Cron and Brian Lochore will probably organise
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