Get Carter! All Blacks seek advice

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 15 Aug 2019

The All Blacks have drafted in legendary fly-half Dan Carter to calm any nerves among the faltering world rugby champions ahead of this weekend's Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia.

A shock 47-26 loss to the Wallabies has rattled the All Blacks, calling into question their experimental strategy of fielding two playmakers in Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga.

Assistant coach Ian Foster said Carter joined the New Zealanders at training in Auckland on Tuesday to offer advice to Barrett and Mo'unga.

The 37-year-old retired from internationals in 2015 after a 112-Test career that included winning two World Cups.

"He's got a lot of World Cup experience and I just wanted to really have him around, again to talk to the likes of Beaudy and Richie about what it's like driving a team through a World Cup campaign where expectations are high," Foster said. "Who better to tell that story than him."

Foster has talked up the need for discipline if New Zealand are to retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 17th year and defeat Australia again at an Eden Park venue where the Wallabies have not won since 1986.

Former All Black Ian Jones called called on the hosts to prove a point by muscling up to the Wallabies.

"They've got to physically go straight and knock these guys around and get into that zone," Jones said. "[Show them] this is the fortress, this is All Black rugby."

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