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Carter ruled out of Welsh Test

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Sportal.co.nz     24 Nov 2012     Getty Images

Following scans on an Achilles-related injury, suffered during training on Thursday, the 30-year-old will make way for Aaron Cruden in the No.10 jersey while Beauden Barrett joins the replacements' bench.

Captain Richie McCaw admitted the loss of Carter was a major blow but is confident Cruden can step up, having already done so in the Rugby Championship and in last year's World Cup.

"It is something you can't control," McCaw told journalists.

"It is disappointing for Dan, but the next guy will come in and we will try to give him some good ball to operate with.

"Aaron has played a few Tests, some pretty big games.

"Dan is hard to replace, but we've got to get on and have belief in the next guys."

Cruden, 23, has won 18 caps, and he has yet to taste defeat in an All Blacks shirt.

He was called into the All Blacks squad during last year's World Cup as replacement for an injured Carter, who damaged his groin during training.

Cruden went on to start the All Blacks' semi-final victory over Australia in Auckland, and then started the final against France before he was forced off just before half-time due to a knee problem.