New Zealand legend and two time Rugby World Cup winner Dan Carter has ranked his five toughest opponents from his incredible rugby career.
The greatest back of the professional era, Carter’s record speaks for itself. 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.
One of his greatest performances came in the second Test against the Lions in 2005, when he outshone Wilkinson in their fly-half battle to lead New Zealand to an emphatic 48-18 triumph in Wellington.
Sourcing several Q&A’s from down the years, including one with the Independent, here is his top five:
DAN CARTER: 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