All Blacks legend Dan Carter retires from rugby

All Blacks legend Dan Carter retires from rugby

Two-time Rugby World Cup winner and All Blacks centurion Dan Carter has announced his retirement from the sport.

Dan Carter

The world-renowned flyhalf announced his decision to hang up his boots on his social media channels on February 20, saying he was sad to be walking away from the game but expressing excitement for the next chapter in his life.

Carter won two Rugby World Cup titles with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015 and amassed 112 Test caps for New Zealand. He still holds the record for the most Test points scored by any individual player, having scored 1,598 points during his international career. Carter is the sixth most capped All Black, behind Richie McCaw, Kevin Mealamu, Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Tony Woodcock.

“I’ve thought about this on so many occasions but today is the day and I am very grateful that I can do it on my terms. I’m officially retiring from professional rugby. A sport I’ve played for 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 - from my team mates, opponents, coaching and management teams, sponsors and in particular you, the fans. A special mention to my friends and family who have supported and guided me through my career. Mum and Dad, thank you for everything you have sacrificed for me. My wife Honor for being my rock and allowing me to fulfill my dreams while raising our beautiful family - I can’t thank you enough. I’m excited about my next chapter in life and what that will look like. For now, I’m sad to walk away from playing but the timing is right. Rugby will always be a part of my life,” Carter wrote in an Instagram post.

Carter walks away from the game having won numerous trophies with various clubs. He was a three-time Super Rugby winner with the Crusaders in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and played 141 games for his beloved Canterbury-based club.

The 38-year-old won the French Top 14 on two different occasions, first with Perpignan in 2009 and then with Racing 92 in 2016. He also won the Japan Top League with the Kobelco Steelers in 2018. Carter linked up with the Blues in 2020 but did not feature in any of their Super Rugby Aotearoa matches. 

Carter’s accolades with the All Blacks are impressive to say the least. The flyhalf won The Rugby Championship (previously Tri Nations) nine times during his career. He was also a member of the All Blacks’ victorious British and Irish Lions Series victory in 2005.

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