All Blacks Legend Dan Carter will make his Super Rugby return with Auckland based Blues.
Dan Carter trained with Super Rugby side Blues for the first time on Thursday (New Zealand Time). He was recruited as an injury replacement for rising star Stephen Perofeta, who fractured his foot earlier this year.
The 2 time World Champion last played Super Rugby in 2015. Carter has been based in Auckland with his family which many believe influenced his decision.
Carter will now feature for the Blues in New Zealand revised Super Rugby Aotearoa. The move will not go well with Crusaders faithful with whom Dan Carter won three Super Rugby titles.
Rumors about Carter’s addition were swirling on Wednesday evening after a text message from Blues coach MacDonald to staff and players was leaked confirming the impending move.
The flyhalf will join current All Blacks superstar Beauden Barrett at the Blues, the Ioane brothers Reiko and Akira, England international Joe Marchant.
“Two things from the lockdown that I realized was that I really enjoyed spending more time with my family and that I miss rugby,” Carter said.
“Leon is a good mate and we spoke about me helping out. For me, it is a chance to mentor some young players and to give back to New Zealand Rugby. I have not played for several months so it will take me a little bit of time to get game-ready.”
“It’s an exciting opportunity to train in the same city that my kids go to school in and my family are currently living. It will also be nice to share my experience with some of the young talents they have here at the Blues.”
Carter reckons he is in New Zealand for the love of the game and will take a huge pay cut from what e earned in Japan with Kolbeco Steelers. His contract is worth NZ$1,800 (US$1,155) a week.
Dan Carter hasn’t played rugby since March after the Japanese league was canceled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.