Dan Carter has said he's ready and the All Blacks coaches have listened, the 59-test five-eighth drafted into the squad for the remainder of the Tri-Nations after just two provincial outings for Canterbury.
Whether the move smacks more of desperation or common sense is open to debate, but the All Blacks coaches clearly decided they'd seen enough after Carter's star turn in Canterbury's 22-16 win over Auckland at Eden Park on Saturday night.
The gifted left-footer scored all of the Red and Blacks' points in the match, including a 71st-minute try to seal the victory. He showed excellent pace to get up in support of Tim Bateman's break to secure that five-pointer and also took a couple of heavy hits that he was able to shake off.
Carter was today announced as a late addition to the All Blacks squad for the remainder of the competition, which resumes with a pivotal Bledisloe test against the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday week.
The 27-year-old will join the squad for a one-day training camp in Auckland on Wednesday, though he will be released to make his third appearance of the Air NZ Cup season for Canterbury against Waikato in Christchurch on Friday night.
The All Blacks will reassemble on Sunday for the trip across the Tasman, with Graham Henry and his fellow selectors due to name the 26-man squad to make the trip on Saturday.
Carter has played a club game and two rounds of the Air New Zealand Cup since returning to rugby following a near six-month layoff with an Achilles injury.
All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said he had spoken to Carter who had reiterated that he was "very keen" to rejoin the national side.
"He is a key member of the All Blacks, has recovered well from his injury and has made a great return to rugby so now is the right time to bring him back into the squad," said Henry.
Otago lock Tom Donnelly has also been called in to Wednesday's camp as second-row cover for Bryn Evans who is under an injury cloud.
All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said Evans had trained on Thursday but had reported pain in his back and leg on Friday and had to withdraw from the Hawke's Bay team for their Air New Zealand Cup match against Wellington on Saturday afternoon.
"Bryn will be having a scan today so we can see what the long-term prognosis will be," Dr Robinson said.
Wellington's Tamati Ellison, who has been with the squad as cover, will also attend the Auckland camp together with Isaia Toeava, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot.http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/2735985/Dan-Carter-rejoins-All-Blacks