Carter calls time on illustrious career

All Blacks great Dan Carter has announced his official retirement from professional rugby, concluding a career that has spanned nearly two decades.

Last year, Carter sensationally joined the Blues as an injury replacement for the Vodacom Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, but ultimately never made an appearance due to an injury.

At the time of joining the Blues, Carter was a free agent after finishing up with Japanese club Kobe when their competition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, last September, Carter added to his trophy collection after helping his boyhood Canterbury club, Southbridge, win the Coleman Shield for the second successive season.

It was the first time that Carter had won the Coleman Shield trophy, adding to an already stellar 19-year career during which he helped win the World Cup, Super Rugby, Tri-Nations and Rugby Championship.

On Saturday, though, the three-time World Player of the Year finally announced he would be hanging up his boots.

‘I officially retire from professional rugby today. A sport I’ve played 32 years which has helped shape me into the person I am today.

‘I can’t thank everyone who has played a part in my journey enough, particularly you, the fans. Rugby will always be a part of my life. Thank you.’

Carter played over 100 Tests for the All Blacks, made nearly 150 appearances for the Crusaders, and will go down as arguably the greatest flyhalf to have ever played the game.

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Craig Lewis