11 Aug 2009

Smith says Carter's return isn't the most important thing

10:21 am on 11 August 2009

The All Black assistant coach Wayne Smith says the side isn't one that needs its star players to win.

Just like a few months ago when everyone was sweating on the return of captain Richie McCaw from injury, there is high expectation that the return of Dan Carter from a 6-month injury break will right the poor recent form of the national side.

Carter has been called back into the All Black squad for Saturday week's tri-nations clash against Australia in Sydney, but Smith says he's no certainty to start.

Smith says an improvement is about what the team does, not individuals....