Dan Carter



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Dan Carter
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Full nameDaniel William Carter
Date of birth(1982-03-05) 5 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birthSouthbridge, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
SchoolEllesmere College

Christchurch Boys' High
Rugby union career
Playing career
PositionFly-half / Inside Centre
Professional / senior clubs
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2008–09USA Perpignan5(45)
Provincial/State sides
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
correct as of 18 November 2012.
Super Rugby
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2003 –Crusaders123(1,547)
correct as of 27 July 2013.
National team(s)
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2003–New Zealand100(1,440)
correct as of 17 November 2013.
Daniel William "Dan" Carter (born (1982-03-05)5 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. Carter plays for the Christchurch based Super Rugby side the Crusaders, and for New Zealand's national team the All Blacks. He is the highest points scorer in Test match rugby, and is arguably the sport's greatest ever first-five eighth (fly-half). He was named the International Rugby Board player of the year in 2005 and 2012, and has won four Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and six Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks. Carter was also a member of the 2011 Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks side.


    Early life

    Carter was born on 5 March 1982 in Southbridge, a small town in the South Island of New Zealand, to Neville and Bev Carter, and has one older sister, Sarah. From the age of 5, he played with Southbridge Rugby Club as a half back (scrum half). He attended Ellesmere College, and then Christchurch Boys High School, and has said he was a shy and quiet young man who kept grand aspirations to himself. 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. 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. 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.

    International career

    Carter and Mauricio Macri at a welcome for the All Blacks
    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".

    On 27 November 2010, after scoring a halfway penalty against Wales, Carter became the highest point scorer of all time, 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. He has currently scored a total of 1,440 test points (29 tries, 256 conversions, 255 penalties, and 6 drop goals) in 100 tests, with an average of 14.4 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 integral to the All Blacks 2011 Rugby World Cup plans. After being vice captain for more than 50 tests under Richie McCaw, 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. Carter has signed a contract to re-sign with the NZRU until 2015.

    Carter was named IRB Player of the Year in 2012, but eyebrows were raised when he missed out being named in the shortlist for New Zealand Player of the Year.

    On 16 November 2013, Carter became the fifth All Black to win 100 caps when New Zealand defeated England by 30-22 at Twickenham on their end of year tour.

    International record

    Test record overall:
    OppositionPlayedWonDrawnLostWinning %TriesConversionsPenaltiesDrop goalsPoints total
     British and Irish Lions2200100.0258044
     Pacific Islanders1100100.0041011
     South Africa17130476.5330542243
    Test tries:
    1 WalesHamilton, New ZealandWaikato StadiumTest Match02003-06-21-000021 June 2003Won
    1 AustraliaSydney, AustraliaStadium AustraliaTri Nations02003-07-26-000026 July 2003Won
    1 ItalyMelbourne, AustraliaDocklands StadiumRugby World Cup02003-10-11-000011 October 2003Won
    1 TongaBrisbane, AustraliaLang ParkRugby World Cup02003-10-24-000024 October 2003Won
    1 EnglandAuckland, New ZealandEden ParkTest Match02004-06-19-000019 June 2004Won
    1 ItalyRome, ItalyStadio FlaminioTest Match02004-11-13-000013 November 2004Won
    1 FranceParis, FranceStade de FranceTest Match02004-11-27-000027 November 2004Won
    1 FijiNorth Shore City, New ZealandNorth Harbour StadiumTest Match02005-06-10-000010 June 2005Won
    2 British and Irish LionsWellington, New ZealandWestpac StadiumTest Match02005-07-02-00002 July 2005Won
    2 WalesCardiff, WalesMillennium StadiumTest Match02005-11-05-00005 November 2005Won
    1 ArgentinaBuenos Aires, ArgentinaFerrocaril OesteTest Match02006-06-24-000024 June 2006Won
    1 South AfricaRustenburg, South AfricaRoyal Bafokeng StadiumTri Nations02006-09-02-00002 September 2006Lost
    1 EnglandLondon, EnglandTwickenhamTest Match02006-11-05-00005 November 2006Won
    1 FranceLyon, FranceStade de GerlandTest Match02006-11-11-000011 November 2006Won
    3 CanadaHamilton, New ZealandWaikato StadiumTest Match02007-06-16-000016 June 2007Won
    1 South AfricaChristchurch, New ZealandLancaster ParkTri Nations02007-07-14-000014 July 2007Won
    1 ScotlandEdinburgh, ScotlandMurrayfieldTest Match02007-09-23-000023 September 2007Won
    1 EnglandAuckland, New ZealandEden ParkTest Match02008-06-14-000014 June 2008Won
    1 EnglandChristchurch, New ZealandLancaster ParkTest Match02008-06-21-000021 June 2008Won
    1 South AfricaCape Town, South AfricaNewlands StadiumTri Nations02008-08-16-000016 August 2008Won
    1 AustraliaBrisbane, AustraliaLang ParkTri Nations02008-09-13-000013 September 2008Won
    2 WalesDunedin, New ZealandCarisbrookTest Match02010-06-19-000019 June 2010Won
    1 AustraliaMelbourne, AustraliaDocklands StadiumTri Nations02010-07-31-000031 July 2010Won
    1 ScotlandEdinburgh, ScotlandMurrayfieldTest Match02010-11-13-000013 November 2010Won

    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. They married 9 December 2011 and wedding guests included rugby luminaries Richie McCaw and All Blacks former coach Graham Henry.

    Honor announced her pregnancy in November 2012 and their son Marco James Carter was born 28 March 2013.

    Carter has modelled for Jockey underwear on billboards worldwide since 2003. In 2009, Carter and his future wife joined him in one campaign.

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

    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.

    Carter was the first person in the world to purchase a PC shipped with Windows Vista in 2008. In 2008, American Cable Channel E! judged Carter to be 11th on its list of the world's sexiest men, and in 2010 E! voted him the world's 3rd sexiest male athlete.

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


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    Personal accolades

    • Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy (NZ Player of the Year) 2004 and 2005
    • Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year 2004 and 2006
    • IRB Player of the Year 2005 and 2012 (Nominee in 2006 and 2008)
    • All Time Super Rugby Leading Points Scorer
    • All Time International Rugby Leading Point Scorer


    • NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010
    • Ranfurly Shield holder


    • Super Rugby Champion 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008
    • NZ Conference Winner, 2011
    • Super Rugby Centurion


    • Top 14 Champion 2009

    New Zealand

    • Tri Nations/The Rugby Championship Champion, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013
    • British and Irish Lions Series Victory, 2005
    • Home Nations Grand Slam Tour, 2005, 2008 and 2010
    • Rugby World Cup Champion, 2011
    • All Black Test Centurion

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