Dan Carter will not return from Japan to Top 14 club Racing 92 after failing a medical test.
Carter had signed a deal to rejoin the Parisians as a medical joker following the concussion-enforced retirement of Pat Lambie.
However, the club issued a statement on Saturday that confirmed that the former All Blacks flyhalf would not be joining them after all.
‘As part of the routine medical checks prior to the approval of players’ licences, Racing 92 forwarded certain medical information to experts appointed by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby [LNR],’ the statement read. ‘Their opinion was unanimous: Dan Carter would not be able to play rugby in France.’
Carter is therefore denied a final shot at a European title, after missing the 2016 Champions Cup final against Saracens through injury.