McCaw out, Carter to remain in midfield?

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James Mortimer     09 Jul 2014     Getty Images

Assuming the red and blacks qualify for the 2014 Investec Super Rugby Finals Series, McCaw will likely be eligible for selection.

Sam Whitelock also has a question mark over his head, with his calf strain to be monitored before the Crusaders name their team to face the Highlanders this Saturday.

In positive selection news, Israel Dagg has fully recovered from his knee issues, while Dan Carter is confirmed to start again this week.

It is also likely that Kieran Read will again suit up for action after appearing to have recovered from ongoing concussion concerns.

However at this stage it appears as if Colin Slade will remain at first five-eighth, with Carter to continue operating in the 12 jersey.

Carter’s first start of the year was considered successful, with the 100-Test All Black resuming rugby after missing the opening half of 2014 with a period of extended leave.