Former New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has announced his retirement from professional rugby union.
The 38-year-old won two World Cups during a 12-year spell with the All Blacks and bowed out of the international scene with a man-of-the-match display against Australia in the 2015 World Cup final.
Carter remains the highest points scorer in Test-match rugby union with 1,598, but left Kobelco Steelers last April before he signed for Auckland Blues in June, although he failed to make an appearance for the Super Rugby club.
DID YOU KNOW? In the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, Dan Carter kicked four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal, and was named the man of the match.
Sourcing several Q&A’s from down the years, including one with the Independent, here is his top five opponents from his incredible career:
DAN CARTER RANKS HIS FIVE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS:
5. Thierry Dusautoir (France)
CARTER SAID: “He had some blinding games in big moments — none more so than in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup games against the All Blacks.”
DID YOU KNOW? He broke the record for most tackles in a match, making 38 tackles against the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup final