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Dan Carter

Daniel Carter, a true superstar of the rugby world, is regarded as the best first-five in the world and his achievements in rugby are staggering.

The incomparable All Blacks playmaker, Vice Captain and top points scorer set a new international point-scoring record during Rugby World Cup 2011 and became the most capped All Blacks first five-eighth in his first Test outing of 2012.
 
The highest point scorer in Super Rugby history, Carter made a successful recovery from a groin injury that ended his RWC 2011 campaign and showed his versatility in appearing at second five-eighth for the Crusaders in the early rounds of 2012 Investec Super Rugby before resuming kicking duties.

He ended 2010 as the leading points scorer in Test rugby (1188) after surpassing Jonny Wilkinson’s tally of 1178 during the Wales Test on the All Blacks end of year tour, with Wilkinson reclaiming the record (1195) in 2011.

His modest demeanour off the field is in contrast to his presence on the pitch, where he is an excellent tactician with the strength of most midfield backs.

After debuting for the Crusaders in 2003, he became an All Black that same year, displaying huge talent at the tender age of 21. He was a member of the title-winning Crusaders Development squad in the 2002 season and top-scored for New Zealand at the 2002 Under 21 World Cup in South Africa with 72 points, including a haul of 25 against England.

Carter was named 2005 IRB Player of the Year, and New Zealand’s Player of the Year, after a season punctuated by a career-highlight in the second Test against the British & Irish Lions in Wellington when he scored two tries, five penalties, and four conversions, clocking up 33 points in the All Blacks 48-18 victory, and passing the previous All Blacks record of 18 points in a Lions Test.

In 2006 Carter's 25 points against South Africa at Wellington tied the All Black single-match record against South Africa. His 15th Test try, scored against England in London, set a new All Blacks record for most Test tries by a five-eighth, a record he extended against France in Lyon.

In June 2008 Carter signed with French club Perpignan on a sabbatical from New Zealand rugby but his French sojourn was disrupted in January 2009, when he tore his Achilles tendon playing for the Top 14 side against Stade Francais.

He returned to New Zealand that year and played matches for Canterbury before returning to the All Blacks towards the end of the Tri Nations.

In 2009 he broke the All Blacks all time record points-scoring record, overtaking Andrew Mehrten's mark of 967 points.

After an exteded break followed by injury in 2014, Carter managed to make a rousing return to rugby with the Crusaders before delighting his home province of Canterbury when he appeared during the ITM Cup, New Zealand’s premier interprovincial competition.

Player
Position:
First Five-Eighths
Born:
05/03/1982
Physical:
1.78, 96kg
Test Debut:
21/06/2003 v Wales at Hamilton
Test Points Breakdown:
(29t, 256c, 255p, 6dg)
Test Points:
1440
Provincial Team:
Canterbury
Provincial Debut:
2002 v Marlborough
Provincial Caps:
27
Provincial Points:
289 (12t, 47c, 45p)
Super Rugby Team:
Crusaders
Super Rugby Debut:
2003 v Hurricanes
Super Rugby Caps:
95

Career Comments

  • • Started his All Blacks career at second five-eighths.
    • The 21 points he scored against England in 2004 equals the most by an All Black against that opponent.
    • Scored 465 first-class points in an outstanding 2004 season.
    • Scored 33 points against the British & Irish Lions in the Second Test at Wellington,an individual single-match record for points against the Lions. His total of 44 points in two Tests against the 2005 Lions leaves Carter just two points shy of the most points scored by any player in all Tests against the Lions.
    • Scored 20 points against Wales on his All Blacks Test debut and in 2005, in his third match against the Red Dragons, scored 26 points, an individual single-match record for an All Black against Wales.
    • His 221 points ranked first, by a comfortable margin, amongst all players in the 2006 Super Rugby season. Surpassed Crusaders predecessor Andrew Mehrtens’ single-season record of 206 points.

    Awards
    • 2004 – Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year and Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year
    • 2005 – Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year and IRB International Player of the Year
    • 2006 – Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year
    • 2010 – Most Super Rugby and Test points in the world

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

2003
Jun 21 v Wales at Hamilton 55-3
Jun 28 v France at Christchurch 31-23
Jul 26 v Australia at Sydney 50-21 (+)
Oct 11 v Italy at Melbourne 70-7
Oct 17 v Canada at Melbourne 68-6
Oct 24 v Tonga at Brisbane 91-7
Nov 8 v South Africa at Melbourne 29-9 (+)
Nov 20 v France at Sydney 40-13 (+)(-)

2004
Jun 12 v England at Dunedin 36-3 (-)
Jun 19 v England at Auckland 36-12 (-)
Jul 10 v Pacific Islanders at Albany 41-26
Jul 17 v Australia at Wellington 16-7
Jul 24 v South Africa at Christchurch 23-21 (-)
Aug 7 v Australia at Sydney 18-23 (-)
Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10
Nov 20 v Wales at Cardiff 26-25
Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6

2005
Jun 10 v Fiji at Albany 91-0 (-)
Jun 25 v British & Irish Lions at Christchurch 21-3
Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 (-)
Aug 7 v South Africa at Cape Town 16-22
Aug 13 v Australia at Sydney 30-13 (-)
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3
Nov 19 v England at London 23-19

2006
24 Jun vs Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19
Jul 8 v Australia at Christchurch 32-12
Jul 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17
Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9
Aug 19 v Australia at Auckland 34-27
Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26
Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21
Nov 5 v England at London 41-20
Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3 (-)
Nov 19 v France at Paris 23-11 (-)
Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10 (-)

2007
2 Jun vs France at Auckland 42-11 (-)
16 Jun v Canada at Hamilton 64-13
23 June v South Africa at Durban 26-21
30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20
14 July v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6
21 July v Australia at Auckland 26-12
8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14 (-)
23 Sep v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0
7 Sept v France (RWC) at Cardiff 18-20 (-)

2008
7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11
14 June v England at Auckland 37-20 (-)
21 June v England at Christchurch 44-12 (-)
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30
26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0 (-)
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14 (-)
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14
8 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 32-6 (+) 
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3
23 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 29-9
30 Nov v England at London 32-6

2009
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19 (-)
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12
22 Nov v England at London 19-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (-)

2010
12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (-)
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (-)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (-)
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26 (-)
07 Nov v England at London 26-16
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3 (-)
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 (-) 

2011
22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14 (+)
30 July v South Africa at Wellington 40-7
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10 (-)
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17

2012
9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15 (-)
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (-)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18 (-)
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (-)

2013
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13 (-)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15 (-)
2 Nov v Japan at Tokyo 54-6 (-)
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19 (-)
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (-)