All Blacks legend Dan Carter has revealed which of his former teammates and toughest opponents would make it into his dream XV.
Way out in front as the leading points scorer in international rugby history, with 1,598 points from his 112 caps. Throw in a further 1,708 points for the Crusaders and the fly-half’s impact on the game cannot be emphasised enough.
There was to be injury-enforced World Cup frustration in 2007 and 2011, but he ended his Test career on the perfect note as he produced a Man of the Match display in the 2015 final to guide the All Blacks to glory. A fitting farewell.
Check out his rugby dream team, made up of player he’s revealed he admired in interviews below:
- 15. Ben Smith (New Zealand)
- 14. Bryan Habana (South Africa)
- 11. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)
Carter on Lomu: ““He was the toughest player. I played against him once, I was 19-year-old and tried to tackle him, kinda woke up five metres back. He changed the game of rugby.”
- 13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
- 12. Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
Carter on O’Driscoll: “Two giants of the game that have worn the green jersey were Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll. Their work rate and how they conducted themselves on and off the pitch was exemplary.”