World Cup selector Grant Fox has dropped a bombshell, apparently revealing the great No. 10 Dan Carter was no certainty for the tournament.

Carter – whose famous injury put him out of the All Blacks 2011 World Cup winning team mid-tournament – was in at least some jeopardy it seems.

Fox, interviewed by Andrew Mulligan on Radio Sport, indicated Colin Slade and Beauden Barrett were already pencilled in as quality first-five eighths who could play other positions.

Sopoaga was thrown in the deep end against South Africa in Johannesburg with the selectors mindful that the 2011 campaign had struck a huge hurdle when Carter, Slade and Aaron Cruden, fell to injury. That forced fourth choice Stephen Donald onto the field in the Eden Park final against France.


“Realistically it was probably more down to a choice of Lima v Daniel rather than the other two, who offered some versatility,” Fox said.

“We’ve always considered Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade as five eighths…

“Lima demanded it (selection against South Africa) because of his form …Daniel responded to that.”

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