Former All Blacks first-five Dan Carter is being backed for a stunning return to Test rugby going into the 2019 World Cup, with former coach Sir Graham Henry calling for his recall.
With Damian McKenzie out of action for nine months with a ruptured ACL, the All Blacks have lost their third choice first-five. However, 2011 World Cup winner Sir Graham is advocating for Carter's return, the 37-year old having finished his playing career earlier this year.
Speaking to Newstalk ZB yesterday, Sir Graham made the case as to how 112-Test veteran Carter could be the All Blacks' saviour in Japan.
"There's been some talk about Dan Carter and I don't think Dan Carter will let you down," Henry said.
"Well you know, he's been there and done that. He would be number three and I think he fits comfortably in that position. And he'll add a huge amount of experience and intellectual property about the Rugby World Cup and playing international rugby."
Henry also made the case for the benefit of Carter's inclusion on the current crop of number 10s, with Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga potentially able to learn from one of the game's all-time greats.
"I'm sure he'll be good for Beaudy and Richie if he was there."
Carter could have his chances scuppered though, recently having neck surgery after his time with Japanese side Kobe Steelers.