Sam Carter ready to roll after ankle injury
August 7, 2014
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Sam Carter starred in one of the gutsiest feel-good rugby stories in recent memory when he was named Man of the Match on Test debut against France in June despite playing more than 70 minutes with a badly sprained ankle.
The Brumbies and Wallabies lock was the top tackler, led the run count in the forwards, and hit as many rucks, if not more, than any of his team-mates, but the ankle injury saw him sit out the next two Tests against France, in Melbourne and Sydney.
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"Obviously just getting out there and playing was a dream come true to start with," Carter said. "But to be able to go the 80 minutes, get a good result and get Man of the Match was beyond expectation."
Carter, whose father, David, played six Tests for the Wallabies, would be lucky to be recognised even by Brumbies fans in the ACT, such is his head down-bum up approach to rugby, but Ewen McKenzie liked what he had seen and promoted the 24-year-old to the Test starting line-up at the expense of former captain James Horwill.
Now Carter is itching for another Test cap, hoping to see more action in the down-and-dirty areas against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on August 16.
"I want to make sure I'm in the most runs, most tackles and most rucks hit - that is something I mark myself on," Carter said. "I won't ever be making linebreaks or long runs or stuff like that. "I focus on getting quick ball to the backs and making sure the set piece is right, so we can play off it."