Video: Graham Henry regrets 'tragic' groin injury which rules fly-half Dan Carter out of Rugby World Cup
All Blacks star Dan Carter is out of the Rugby World Cup with a groin injury.
The news all New Zealand fans had been dreading since he injured his groin during the captain's on Saturday was confirmed just hours before the All Blacks' final Pool A match against Canada on Sunday.
The fly-half had been due to captain the side following Richie McCaw's withdrawal with an ongoing foot problem.
But he ruptured a tendon in his groin during kicking practice on Saturday and has been forced to pull out.
A scan has revealed the 29-year-old has torn the adductor longus tendon in his left groin.
"The scan confirmed our worst fears that the tendon has torn which means he is out of the tournament," New Zealand doctor Deb Robinson said.
"It's devastating for Daniel," coach Graham Henry said. "He has played 86 Test matches and he has been a world-class player for a long time."
"I think he has been one of the greatest players produced by this country. He had focused on this tournament in the last few years and had worked so hard to be at a peak for Rugby World Cup."
"We will rally around him and pull together as a team."
Carter withdrawal from the tournament comes as a massive blow to the All Blacks in their bid to win World Cup for the first time since 1987.
Aaron Cruden will now be brought into the squad.
Colin Slade, now regarded as the first-choice pivot, will start in the No.10 jersey against Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium and Andrew Hore will skipper the side.
"We have got a lot of belief in him," Henry said of Slade. "It's a big game for him this afternoon."
"In his last game he got better as the game went on. He has an opportunity this afternoon."