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Dan Carter

Dan Carter
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Carter in 2019
Full nameDaniel William Carter
Date of birth (1982-03-05) 5 March 1982 (age 37)
Place of birthLeeston, New Zealand
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight96 kg (15 st 2 lb; 212 lb)[2]
SchoolEllesmere College, Leeston
Christchurch Boys' High School, Riccarton
Notable relative(s)Bill Dalley (great-uncle)
Honor Carter (m. 2011)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Centre
Current team Kobelco Steelers
All Black No. 1034
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Racing 92
Kobelco Steelers
Correct as of 21 December 2019 @ 08:26:53AM (AEST)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002-2014 Canterbury 28 (300)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003-2015 Crusaders 141 (1,708)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand U21
New Zealand
Correct as of 28 April 2019

Daniel William Carter (born 5 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player.

Carter plays for Kobelco Steelers in Japan and played for New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks. He is the highest point scorer in test match rugby,[3] and is considered by many experts as the greatest ever first five-eighth (fly-half) in the history of the game.[4] He was named the International Rugby Board Player of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2015[5] (equaling the record three awards of Richie McCaw) and has won three Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and nine Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks.

Carter injured himself during the 2011 Rugby World Cup but was a key member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup-winning teams, becoming one of 20 players to have won multiple Rugby World Cups. In the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, he kicked four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal, and was named the man of the match.

Early life

Carter, who is of European and M?ori descent,[6] was born in Leeston, a small town 10 minutes drive from the Carter family home in Southbridge in the South Island of New Zealand, to Neville and Bev Carter,[7] and has one older sister, Sarah. From the age of 5, he played with Southbridge Rugby Club as a half back (scrum half) and would go on to make representative teams for Ellesmere & Canterbury Country. He attended Ellesmere College where he played mostly at first five-eighth, and then in his final year he transferred to Christchurch Boys' High School to further his chances of making it big in rugby. Some have said he was a shy and quiet young man who kept grand aspirations to himself.[8] His great uncle was Canterbury and New Zealand half back Bill Dalley, a member of the 1924-25 Invincibles and later a Canterbury rugby administrator.

Domestic career

Carter kicking at goal for the Crusaders

Carter made his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002, and in 2003 was signed by the Super Rugby side the Crusaders. Initially playing mainly at second five-eighth Carter reached the final of the Super 12 competition with the Crusaders in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Although they lost the 2003 and 2004 finals, in 2005 Carter had moved to first five-eighth. He regularly played with first-five eighth Andrew Mehrtens before Mehrtens left the team following their 2004 season. In 2005 and 2006 the Crusaders won the competition, and in the 2006 season Carter scored the most individual points for a player in one season with 221.

In April 2008, Carter was linked with several European clubs, including Stade Toulousain who in April 2008 offered Carter "the biggest rugby contract in world rugby", at £750,000 per year.[9] In June 2008, Carter made the decision to sign a six-month contract with French club side Perpignan, who then paid Carter the equivalent of £30,000 per game, during his sabbatical season.[10] On 31 January 2009 Carter ruptured his Achilles tendon playing for Perpignan against Stade Francais, but Perpignan still managed to win the Top 14 despite Carter being injured for the remainder of the season.

He recovered in time to play for his home provincial union, Canterbury, in the opening game of the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. He then won selection to play for the All Blacks against Australia on 22 August 2009 after a few months of recovery. In May 2012, Carter was the top scorer in Super Rugby history, with 1301 points.[11]

In December 2014 it was announced Carter would be joining Parisian club Racing Metro after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, on a three-year deal worth a reported EUR1,500,000 a season, making him the world's highest paid rugby player.[12] In November 2015 Carter revealed that, while recovering from an Achilles tendon tear in 2013, he met with Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots of the National Football League about possibly joining the team as a kicker.[13] On 24 June 2016, Carter helped Racing Metro win the 2016 Top 14 final with a 29-21 win against Toulon at Camp Nou, Barcelona scoring 15 points (5 penalties) and was named Man of the Match despite being down to 14 men 18 minutes into the game after teammate Maxime Machenaud got sent off for a dangerous tackle on Australian international Matt Giteau.

On 25 November 2017, Carter left Racing 92 in France at the end of the season.[14]

On 16 July 2018, Carter joined Kobelco Steelers, a club in the Japanese Top League.[15][15]

On 17 February 2019, it was announced that Dan Carter was returning to Racing 92 as injury cover after Patrick Lambie was forced to retire due to concussions.

International career

Carter with President Mauricio Macri in Argentina at a welcome for the All Blacks during the Rugby Championship.

In June 2003, Carter made his All Blacks debut at age 21 in Hamilton, New Zealand, scoring 20 points against Wales. He was then capped against France in Christchurch, which the All Blacks won 31-23. He was also a substitute in a match against Australia (the Wallabies) in Sydney, which the All Blacks won 50-21. Carter was then included in New Zealand's 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, where he first gained serious international attention. Carter spent much of the latter stages of the tournament on the bench leaving New Zealand without a specialist goal-kicker. However, he did play in the games against Italy in Melbourne, which the All Blacks won 70-7, and the wins over Canada and Tonga. Although he has been an All Black since 2003 he only secured a permanent position as the first five-eighth in the team during the 2004 tour to the United Kingdom and France displacing Carlos Spencer. He had been playing as a second five-eighths up until the end of the 2004 Tri-Nations.

In 2005, Carter starred in the All Blacks 48-18 win over the British and Irish Lions. He scored two tries, five penalties, and four conversions. He ended the match with 33 points, passing the previous All Blacks record of 18 points in a Lions Test (Carter's second-half total of 22 points by itself was sufficient to top this). The performance was later described by The Guardian as "the definitive fly-half display of the modern era".[16]

Dan Carter attempting a conversion during the All Blacks V Springboks game at Eden Park in 2013

Carter was named IRB Player of the Year in 2005, becoming the first New Zealander to win the award.

On 27 November 2010, after scoring a halfway penalty against Wales, Carter became the highest point scorer of all time,[17][18] overtaking England's Jonny Wilkinson's previous record of 1,178 although Wilkinson took the record back on 26 February 2011 against France. Carter reclaimed the record on 30 July 2011 when he advanced to 1,204 points in the first tri-nations match of the 2011 series against South Africa.[3] He has currently scored a total of 1,598 test points (29 tries, 293 conversions, 281 penalties, and 8 drop goals) in 112 tests, with an average of 14.27 points a game (the highest average for players who have scored more than 500 Test points). Along with Richie McCaw Carter earns 750,000 NZD a year being the joint highest paid player in New Zealand. This high paying contract by the New Zealand Rugby Union is not subject to form or fitness as both players are regarded as integral to the All Blacks 2011 Rugby World Cup plans. It was announced on 1 October that Carter would captain the All Blacks for the first time against Canada. However, it was later announced that Carter would miss the rest of the 2011 Rugby World Cup after tearing a groin tendon during the final training session before the match against Canada.[19] Carter has signed a contract to re-sign with the NZRU until 2015.[20]

Carter was named IRB Player of the Year in 2012,[21] but eyebrows were raised when he missed out being named in the shortlist for New Zealand Player of the Year.[22] On 16 November 2013, Carter became the fifth All Black to play 100 caps when New Zealand defeated England by 30-22 at Twickenham on their end of year tour.[23]

On 17 July 2015, Carter and Richie McCaw played their final match in Christchurch together, after Carter took a deal to play for Racing Metro in France.[24] On 15 August 2015 Carter played his final test in New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup decider at Eden Park, a trophy he has never lost since his debut.[25] He later appeared with McCaw in a Men In Black themed safety video for Air New Zealand.[26]

In the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, Carter scored four penalties, converted two tries (with the final one taken with his right boot), and kicked a drop goal that gave the All Blacks the winning moment. Due to the performance, he was named the Man of the Match.[27] Following the All Blacks' victory, he received the IRB Player of the Year[28] award for the third time.

International record

Test record overall:[29]

Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost Winning % Tries Conversions Penalties Drop goals Points total
 Argentina 5 5 0 0 100 1 13 12 0 67
 Australia 27 20 1 6 74.1 3 48 82 3 366
 British and Irish Lions 2 2 0 0 100 2 5 8 0 44
 Canada 2 2 0 0 100 3 16 0 0 47
 England 11 10 0 1 90.9 4 28 34 0 178
 Fiji 2 2 0 0 100 1 8 0 0 21
 France 12 11 0 1 91.7 2 33 28 1 163
 Ireland 6 6 0 0 100 0 18 16 1 87
 Italy 3 3 0 0 100 2 20 1 0 53
 Japan 1 1 0 0 100 0 5 0 0 10
 Pacific Islanders 1 1 0 0 100 0 4 1 0 11
 Samoa 2 2 0 0 100 0 7 6 0 32
 Scotland 5 5 0 0 100 2 14 8 0 62
 South Africa 19 15 0 4 78.9 3 33 55 3 255
 United States 1 1 0 0 100 0 3 0 0 6
 Tonga 2 2 0 0 100 1 3 1 0 14
 Wales 9 9 0 0 100 5 25 29 0 162
Total 112 99 1 12 88.4 29 293 281 8 1598

Test tries:[30]

Tries Opposition Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Wales Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Test match 21 June 2003 Won
1  Australia Sydney, Australia Stadium Australia Tri Nations 26 July 2003 Won
1  Italy Melbourne, Australia Docklands Stadium Rugby World Cup 11 October 2003 Won
1  Tonga Brisbane, Australia Lang Park Rugby World Cup 24 October 2003 Won
1  England Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Test match 19 June 2004 Won
1  Italy Rome, Italy Stadio Flaminio Test match 13 November 2004 Won
1  France Paris, France Stade de France Test match 27 November 2004 Won
1  Fiji North Shore City, New Zealand North Harbour Stadium Test match 10 June 2005 Won
2  British and Irish Lions Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium Test match 2 July 2005 Won
2  Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium Test match 5 November 2005 Won
1  Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Ferrocaril Oeste Test match 24 June 2006 Won
1  South Africa Rustenburg, South Africa Royal Bafokeng Stadium Tri Nations 2 September 2006 Lost
1  England London, England Twickenham Test match 5 November 2006 Won
1  France Lyon, France Stade de Gerland Test match 11 November 2006 Won
3  Canada Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Test match 16 June 2007 Won
1  South Africa Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park Tri Nations 14 July 2007 Won
1  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Test match 23 September 2007 Won
1  England Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Test match 14 June 2008 Won
1  England Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park Test match 21 June 2008 Won
1  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Stadium Tri Nations 16 August 2008 Won
1  Australia Brisbane, Australia Lang Park Tri Nations 13 September 2008 Won
2  Wales Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook Test match 19 June 2010 Won
1  Australia Melbourne, Australia Docklands Stadium Tri Nations 31 July 2010 Won
1  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Test match 13 November 2010 Won

Personal life

Carter is married to his longtime girlfriend and former Black Sticks striker Honor Carter. They became engaged in October 2010 when Honor was marketing manager at DB Breweries.[31] They married 9 December 2011[32] and wedding guests included rugby luminaries Richie McCaw and All Blacks former coach Graham Henry.[33]

Honor announced her pregnancy in November 2012[34] and their son Marco James Carter was born on 28 March 2013.[35] Their second son Fox William Carter was born on 3 April 2015[36] Carter has modelled for Jockey underwear on billboards worldwide since 2003.[37][38] In 2009, Carter's future wife joined him in one campaign.[39]

In 2004 and 2005, Carter was voted sexiest New Zealand male in a survey, receiving 35.7% of the vote in 2005.[40]

In November 2006, he released his book Dan Carter: Skills & Performance. It included stories about his relatively brief international rugby career as well as section on skills for younger players.

In 2008, American Cable Channel E! judged Carter to be 11th on its list of the world's sexiest men,[41] and in 2010 E! voted him the world's 3rd sexiest male athlete.[42]

Carter has also been a spokesmodel for Daikin heat pumps,[43] and from mid-2011, Philips electric shavers.[44]

In February 2017, Carter was caught driving in Paris with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.[45] He was dropped by his sponsor, Land Rover.[46]

In May, 2018, Dan Carter revealed that he declined the offer to switch to National Football League (NFL) as a kicker for New England Patriots after Rugby World Cup in 2015.[47]


Personal accolades




Racing 92

Kobelco Steelers

New Zealand

See also


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  2. ^ https://www.allblacks.com/Player/AllBlacks/529
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  6. ^ "Crusader squad members with Pacific and Maori heritage". The New Zealand Herald. 28 May 2010.
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  8. ^ Coursey, Michelle. "Dan Carter: I was a shy kid". NZ Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Toulouse make an amazing £750,000 bid to get Carter". Daily Mail. UK: Associated Newspapers. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 2010.
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  15. ^ a b "7?16?()?". Kobelco Steelers. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 2017.
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  17. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (25 November 2010). "Wales v New Zealand: Dan Carter the unstoppable points machine for the All Blacks". Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 2010.
  18. ^ "Wales 25 New Zealand 37: match report". Telegraph.co.uk. 28 November 2010.
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  33. ^ Booker, Jarrod (9 December 2011). "Rugby royalty head to the venue for Dan's biggest match". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2013.
  34. ^ "Dan Carter, wife announce pregnancy on Twitter". New Zealand Herald. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  35. ^ "Dan Carter welcomes birth of a son". 3 News. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 2013.
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  40. ^ [2] Archived 15 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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  43. ^ "All Black legend Dan Carter and Daikin, a hot combination". Campaign Brief NZ. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 2013.
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  46. ^ "Car sponsor dumps Dan Carter over drink-driving charge". Stuff. Retrieved 2017.
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  51. ^ "New Year honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  52. ^ "All Blacks, Dan Carter winners at the prestigious Laureus Sport Awards". Stuff. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  53. ^ List of Super Rugby records
  54. ^ List of leading rugby union test point scorers
  55. ^ "Dan Carter". testrugby.com.
  56. ^ Ranfurly Shield in 2009
  57. ^ 2011 Super Rugby season
  58. ^ Carter to play his 100th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders Video by Carter to play his 100th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders Archived 23 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  59. ^ "Rugby union: Perpignan's Dan Carter out for the season thanks to achilles tendon injury". the Guardian.
  60. ^ a b "Dan Carter - Rugby Union - Players and Officials - ESPN Scrum". ESPN scrum.
  61. ^ "Grading the All Blacks' Grand Slams". TVNZ.
  62. ^ "Carter: 'We have the grit to win another grand slam'". the Guardian.
  63. ^ "All Blacks complete Grand Slam". Express.co.uk.
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