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Dan Carter doesn’t hesitate when naming the best player in the world

All Blacks legend Dan Carter has been discussing who he thinks is the best rugby player in the world right now.

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The fly-half widely regarded as one of the greatest fly-halves in the sport’s history. Born on March 5, 1982, in Southbridge, Carter’s exceptional career with the All Blacks spanned from 2003 to 2015. He played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup victories in 2011 and 2015, earning the World Rugby Player of the Year award three times.

Renowned for his accurate goal-kicking, tactical acumen, and graceful playing style, Carter’s influence extended beyond the field, contributing to the global popularity of rugby. Post-retirement, he remains active in philanthropy and sports commentary.

It should come as no surprise that he believes France scrum-half Antoine Dupont is head and shoulders above anyone else in the world right now, and it’s hard to argue against him.

“Over the last three or four years, he has been the strongest and most consistent,” he told French newspaper Le Figaro.

Antoine Dupont of France during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

“I was a little nervous for him when he became captain, but he showed, in his character and personality, that it didn’t change anything in the end. He’s still the same player.

“His calmness, ability to read the game and change the course of a game, and technical qualities remain impressive.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what level he reaches at the World Cup.”

Highest-paid rugby players in the world:

The recent disclosure of the earnings of some of rugby’s most prominent figures illuminates the lucrative landscape at the pinnacle of the sport.

As reported by Wales Online, let’s delve deeper into the earnings of today’s highest-paid rugby players.

Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

Siya Kolisi, the inspirational Springbok captain, has enjoyed considerable success both on and off the field. His reported salary of £800,000 at Racing 92 reflects his value to the team and his standing as one of the sport’s most influential figures.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

Maro Itoje, the towering English lock, has been the subject of considerable speculation regarding his future earnings. While his reported salary of £800,000 with Saracens is impressive, potential hybrid deals with the RFU could see his income increase even further, highlighting his importance to both club and country.

Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)