Ok, I’m as wrecked as the next bloke to not see Dan Carter taking the field. It must be devastating for him personally. But for the All Blacks, no. It is a 15 man game. Slade and Cruden are great players.
And, we’ve never won with the World’s number one player on the field. Remember Fitzy ( second one, not the first) Lomu, and oh, Carter last time round.
The ABs are a great side. But they’ve got their work cut out for them. South Africa, Wales and Australia all look as good. And this is what Tournaments are all about.