Fly-half Dan Carter has signed a three-year contract, rumoured to be worth £1million per year, to join French Club Racing Metro. This will make him the highest-paid rugby player in the world.
Carter will no longer be able to play for the All Blacks as New Zealand does not select those playing overseas. He has played for the national side since 2003 and has won 102 caps. This marks one of five centurions for the All Blacks.
Carter believes that it will be an awesome adventure for him and his family.
At a media conference in Auckland on 18 December, Carter said: “Having visited France many times I know what the French culture and their rugby culture is like and it’s something I really love.
“Having said that, it’s the immediate future that is exciting me at the moment. 2015 is going to be a big year and I’m looking forward to getting into it.
“My body is feeling really good, I’m training really hard and getting some good conditioning in so I can hit the ground running next year. I’m looking forward to getting out and playing some good footy.”
Steve Hansen, who recently extended his deal as New Zealand head coach, said the following of Carter:
“On behalf of the All Blacks, I want to congratulate Dan on his decision and also on his career to date.”
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