Rugby

Goosen v Carter for No 10 spot?

2014-12-18 09:02
Johan Goosen (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Johan Goosen is likely to duel with All Black legend Dan Carter for a spot in Racing Metro's starting line-up after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The New Zealand flyhalf on Thursday announced that he would join the French Top 14 club on a three-year deal after next year's showpiece event in England and Wales.

Racing clearly see Carter as a suitable replacement for Irish flyhalf Jonathan Sexton, who will leave the French side to return to Leinster at the end of the current European season.

Goosen, who earlier this year joined Racing on a three-year deal, currently competes with Sexton for the No 10 jersey at Racing, although the French club have utilised the Springbok at fullback in some matches this season.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer last month also trialled Goosen at fullback in the end of year Test against Italy in Padova, with Meyer stressing the importance for the Boks to have a proper back-up fullback to incumbent Willie le Roux.

Whether Carter's arrival at Racing will lead to Goosen being utilised at fullback more often in future remains to be seen, but Goosen's attributes as a player are perhaps better suited to the flyhalf position.

Learning his trade from a world-class flyhalf like Carter can only do the South African's game the world of good...

*What position would you like to see Johan Goosen play in future? Flyhalf or Fullback? Let us know in the comments section below...

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