Crusaders unveil leadership group - No Carter

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James Mortimer     21 Feb 2013     Getty Images

Instead, senior Crusaders Ryan Crotty and George Whitelock will be Read's direct lieutenants.

The move is clearly designed to take responsibility away from Carter so he can be at his best, which he will need to be if the Crusaders are to break a drought that has been in place since 2008.

If there is one cast iron law in Super Rugby championship winning teams, it is that their senior playmaker fires for most of the season.

Think Cruden, Cooper, Steyn and of course Carter himself.

Coach Todd Blackadder told the Press it was a move that was supported by Carter.

"He (Carter) has taken it really well. If anything we are just wanting to unburden 'DC' a little bit," Blackadder said.

"A lesson learned from the past is that when you have got guys in the All Blacks leadership roles, and they have that added responsibility, it just doesn't stop when they leave the field.

"It is constant. They are having a lot of leadership meetings which are a distraction. We just want them to come back to the Crusaders and play well rather than have the expectation that they have to lead."