Carter? Beaver? Marty Banks? Fans have their say on McKenzie's All Blacks replacement

All Blacks fans would prefer to see a shock return from Dan Carter for the injured Damian McKenzie at this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, with the 37-year old a popular choice ahead of other candidates.

Dan Carter steps in traffic in All Blacks v South Africa semi-final Source: Getty

With 23-year old McKenzie ruled out for nine months, All Blacks selectors will be scratching their heads in an attempt to find a player who can cover both first-five and fullback in an attempt to fill the gap.

In a poll conducted by the New Zealand Herald though, fans have made it clear that 112-Test veteran and 2015 World Cup winner Carter should be the man to step up.

Carter gained the majority of votes from readers - commanding 24 per cent - while Blues first-five Otere Black was second with 18 per cent.

It could be a tough task for Carter though, who is currently recovering from a successful neck surgery performed earlier this month.

Chiefs first five Stephen Donald makes a break during the rugby union match - Chiefs v Wales played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Tuesday 14 June 2016. Source: Photosport

Marty Banks of the Highlanders kicks to touch Source: Photosport

Stephen Donald, the hero of the 2011 Rugby World Cup was next with 14 per cent, and Highlanders journeyman Marty Banks could find himself as an outside chance, with 13 per cent opting for the versatile playmaker.

Other contenders included McKenzie's brother Marty (five per cent), Highlanders youngster Josh Ioane (eight per cent) and one-Test All Black Brett Cameron (two per cent) while Blues and Auckland rookie Harry Plummer was unlucky not to receive a single vote.