WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will miss the start of the Rugby Championships after scans showed he suffered a cracked bone in his right leg during last weekend's Super Rugby final.
Carter will miss New Zealand's test against Australia at Sydney on August 16 and will likely be unavailable for its following matches against Argentina in Wellington and South Africa in Napier.
The 100-test veteran limped from the field in the 25th minute of Saturday's final between his Crusaders team and the New South Wales Waratahs. A medical bulletin from the Crusaders on Tuesday said scans had revealed a slight crack in Carter's right fibula. His rehabilitation is expected to take four weeks.
Carter was thought unlikely to displace Aaron Cruden as the All Blacks' starting flyhalf in Sydney.