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Carter on track for Crusaders but stadium is not

Article Published: Thursday 12 January 2012

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The Crusaders have been given mixed news ahead of their Super Rugby first home match against the Chiefs in March.

All Blacks and Crusaders star first five Dan Carter may play in the match but the match might not be played in the South Island.

Carter was ruled out of last year's Rugby World Cup with a groin adductor injury but is on track for early in the season.

Carter and Captain Richie McCaw who is still recovering from a foot injury are not taking part in the pre-season training but coach Todd Blackadder says their prospects are positive.

"He (Carter) is going to be back in March, hopefully for our first or second home game " said Blackadder.

"He is still in rehab mode, but he's looking in good shape," the Crusaders coach told APNZ.

The Crusaders play their first match of the season in Auckland against the Blues but their first home match is against the Chiefs in round three.

While they won't play any of their home games at AMI Stadium they have a new home at Rugby League Park (Addington) in Christchurch.

The venue is an old Rugby League stadium adjacent to the racetrack and is being rebuilt to accommodate the Crusaders but the stadium is unlikely to be ready in time for the first match in March as they were only given the green light in November.

Instead of being played in Christchurch the match could be played at McLean Park in Napier or Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

The good news is that the stadium is almost certain to be ready in time for the next home match which is against the Cheetahs.

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