At 38, Dan Carter decided to end his sports career. The opening half who was world champion in 2011 and 2015 with the All Blacks is retiring after making history in world rugby.
It is a rugby legend who decided to formalize his retirement this Saturday. In an interview with L’Equipe, Dan Carter announced that he was ending his sports career. Forced to return to New Zealand during the pandemic, the 38-year-old had signed up with the Blues but did not play a game there.. The Auckland-based club will remain the last of their 18-year professional career.
“I realized that I didn’t have the same willpower as in my previous seasons in New Zealand. So between the moment I understood that, and when I realized that I no longer wanted to travel because of the pandemic, I said to myself that it was the right time to stop ”explained the native of Leeston.
I officially withdraw 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. pic.twitter.com/HTJl85ZcRB
– Dan Carter (@DanCarter) February 20, 2021
The opening half played for Canterbury, the Crusaders, Perpignan, Racing 92 and the Kobelco Steelers. In France in 2008-2009 and then from 2015 to 2018, he won the Top 14 twice and reached the Champions Cup final twice with the Ile-de-France club. If his various clubs have also enabled him to win Super Rugby and the Japanese championship, it is on the international scene that the number 10 has achieved his greatest exploits.
The one who has been voted best player in the world three times has marked the history of world rugby with the All Blacks. Between 2003 and 2015, Dan Carter was selected 112 times. He took the opportunity to become the best director in international rugby with 1,598 points. The New Zealander has mostly won the World Cup twice (2011, 2015) and the Tri-Nations nine times (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014). An incredible career that ends this Saturday with the announcement of the former number 10 of the All Blacks.