Carter commits to All Blacks

2011-05-18 09:05

Wellington - All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter on Wednesday announced he had signed a four-year contract to stay in New Zealand after this year's Rugby World Cup but retained an option to play overseas.

VIDEO: Dan Carter commits to the All Blacks

The 29-year-old, who was reportedly fielding lucrative offers from French clubs, said he agonised over his future before sealing a deal which ties him to the All Blacks until the 2015 World Cup in England.

"There were a few different reasons for signing but the underlying factor was the black jersey," he told reporters.

"If I went overseas I would not be able to wear the black jersey and that was a big reason for staying."

New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief executive Steve Tew hailed Carter's retention as a major coup given the level of interest from overseas clubs in one of the sport's highest-profile players.

"We are absolutely delighted Dan has chosen to continue his career in New Zealand and we have the utmost respect for him, knowing he had some serious options to consider," Tew said in a statement.

Tew said the NZRU adopted a "flexible" approach when negotiating Carter's contract to ensure the 29-year-old star stayed in the country.

"We have built in options for Dan to take an extended break from the game if he so wishes -- whether that's to take a break from rugby or play overseas -- and he will discuss that with us at the right time," he said.

Carter, who had a brief spell with French club Perpignan in 2008-09 cut short by injury, said he had given no thought to how he would spend the sabbatical built into his new contract.

"I haven't looked at anything at all like whether I went back to Europe or to Japan or even just took a break," the 79-Test veteran said.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal said last year that Carter had risked pricing himself beyond French clubs by demanding 1.2 million euros ($1.7 million) a season.

Financial terms of the NZRU contract were not revealed but Tew said the NZRU could not match the amounts that were offered by overseas clubs.

Warren Alcock, from Carter's management company, Essentially Group, said it had been the most comprehensive individual contract he had been involved in negotiating.

"It has a level of detail and complexity that we haven't faced in New Zealand before," he said.

Carter made his All Blacks debut in 2003 and is currently the second highest points scorer in Test history after England's Jonny Wilkinson, with 1188 points.

The NZRU's attention is now likely to shift to All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw, who is yet to reveal his intentions after this year's World Cup, which will be played in New Zealand from September 9-October 23.


  • BCC - 2011-05-18 09:14

    Not good for SA!

      BCC - 2011-05-18 09:15

      ...and Australia

  • Crusaderinvader - 2011-05-18 09:27

    With McCaw also set to resign with the NZRU the ABs can look foreward to having these two greats around when it comes time to defend the WC in 2015..awesome stuff guys!!

      Crusaderinvader - 2011-05-18 09:27

      Tongue firmly in cheek!!

  • Rastus - 2011-05-18 09:28

    Good for us - Just pick up your game - who want's a win over palookas!

  • Grunk - 2011-05-18 09:57

    I reckon by the next RWC comes round, from the talent I see at the moment, we should have a couple of top - or even world class - flyhalves in the mix as well. It's the front row, where as Danie Craven stated, tests are won and lost, that worries particularly for the present - although there's a couple of youngsters around coming through - but world class??

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-18 13:17

    This is good news for ALLLLLLLLLLLLL Southern Hemisphere rugby lovers. Nice to see cash isn't always king. Respect Daniel.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-19 17:31

      @Saffa Thanks m8.. it is good for world rugby.. he would be worlds best no 10 ever.. Thats what a lot of great players and coaches are saying.. Hard to disagree really... complete player..

  • ssrabits - 2011-05-18 16:45

    is about time SH players have taken a stance against those filthy rich NH clubs. I want to see more players follow in Dans footsteps.

  • Tongie - 2011-05-19 12:02

    wrong move Dan, lets just say (for arguments sake) NZ loses the RWC, your value (monetary) as a player will drop immensily. u can be on the peak of your game for so long in this profession and its important to get out while u are still ahead of the game and make money for yourself and secure a great financial future. for example players like John Smit had a greater value preRWC 07 as compared to now because he is REGARDED as past his peak. u have won Super Rugby, now strive to win RWC and go make money youngstar. like everything else, investor/market confidence and expectations drive player salaries.

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