Slade ready to fill Carter's boots
New Zealand fly-half Colin Slade says he is relishing the task of replacing the injured Dan Carter for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina on Sunday.
Slade assumes a starting place in the All Blacks line-up after a groin injury ended Carter's World Cup campaign last week.
And the 24-year-old Slade says he is comforted by having an experienced team around him as the All Blacks prepare for the last-eight contest
"It makes my job that much easier knowing I have guys with that much experience beside me on the field," said Slade.
"It's made me calm down I suppose and realise they are going to help me out and do what is best for the team."Carter's injury
was a massive blow to the All Blacks as the gifted 29-year-old, the leading points scorer in Test history, is regarded as the world's best number 10.
But Slade added that the absence of Carter had not forced a significant change in his own role.
"My job is to direct the team and knowing I am going to start from the beginning of the game makes it a little bit easier to prepare for," he added.
"I'm going to play my game and lead the team the best way I know how."
Slade also claimed he was not affected by the public pressure that comes with the role and that he was ready to deliver.
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