TRANSFER NEWS | All Blacks legend Dan Carter says goodbye to Japan

Three-time world player of the year Dan Carter announced on Saturday he is leaving his Japanese club Kobe Steelers, but the 38-year-old gave no indication whether his illustrious career is over.

“I’ve gone a bit quiet since the JRU announced they are cancelling all their competitions this season,” Carter said.

“I know it’s the right decision with what the world is going through at the moment but I would have loved to try help my @kobelcosteelers_official family win another top league, and I’m gutted I can’t do this.

“I want to thank the club, fans and my team mates for welcoming me and making the last two seasons some of the most enjoyable rugby I have ever played.”

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He made no mention of his next move, leaving open the possibility he may play one more domestic season in New Zealand where is he waiting out the pandemic with his family.

Carter played the first of his 112 Tests for the All Blacks in 2003, scored a record 1 598 points during his international career and was the world player of the year in 2005, 2012 and 2015.


Top 5 On-Field Fights of the Six Nations Era

Is there anyone who doesn’t like a bit of good old-fashioned, ’70s-style on-field brawling?

Hell, even the players involved seem to enjoy it. They certainly didn’t hesitate to get stuck in.

So here’s a roundup of the best on-pitch fights of the Six Nations era. Enjoy.

1. France v Italy, 2014

Referee shows two players, Italy’s Michele Rizzo & France’s Rabah Slimani, red cards for foul play as France takes on Italy in the 2nd round clash of the RBS 6 Nations Championship from the Stade de France.

2. Wales v Ireland, 2005

Paul O’Connell unleashes the beast within & unloads the ground and pound on Wales’ Robert Sidoli. The nearest thing you will see to UFC on a rugby pitch.

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