The nightmares of four million New Zealanders have come home to roost. Daniel Carter has injured his calf muscle (scream) and is looking in doubt for the quarterfinal against what is looking like the French (strangulated cry). No doubt there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the next few days. Many reports and news bulletins on the state of Dan's kicking leg; muscle tightness flowcharts, swelling updates and general dithering about where we're going to go from here.
One of the things that drives me crazy about the media is that they would have you believe that there are only four worthy All Blacks in the team (Carter, McCaw, Hayman and Muliaina) and the rest of them are just a hotch-potch to make up numbers. Yes Carter's injury is a slight set back but Nick Evans is a more than worthy replacement. And it takes more than a man to create a winning team (although some may argue Jonny Wilkinson did pretty well for England in 2003).