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All Blacks Carter left off New Zealand award ballot

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Associated Press
12/10/2012 2:45:34 PM
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has been voted be the world rugby player of the year this season but New Zealand rugby experts don't share that view.

Days after receiving the International Rugby Board's award, Carter has failed to make the shortlist for the New Zealand equivalent, the Kel Tremain Memorial trophy.

Instead, a four-man selection panel that includes former All Blacks Brent Anderson, Graham Mourie and Andy Leslie have nominated Carter's All Blacks teammates Richie McCaw, Keiran Read and Conrad Smith for the prize.

Carter was restricted by injuries for much of the 2012 season and played in only nine of New Zealand's 14 tests. McCaw, New Zealand's captain and its most-capped player, played in 13 of those tests and is favoured to win the national award.

Dan Carter (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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