Dan Carter has announced his retirement from rugby. New Zealander was the greatest opening half in rugby history. In his career he played for his country for 119 times, and he won the World Cup twice and scored 1,598 points. With club level he won the title in 3 different countries: Super Rugby 3 times with the Canterbury Crusaders, the French Top 14 2 times with Perpignan and Racing Paris, the Japanese Top League with the Kobelco Steelers.
Carter said that his body could have continued for a few more years, but that his head has already detached. Carter admits that he has lost the motivation that should always push him to prove that he is competitive. He explained: "The experience in Japan was fantastic from all points of view, sporting and cultural.
I wasn't even remotely thinking of quitting. When I had to go back to New Zealand for Covid and terminate the contract it was frustrating. Of course, I liked the experience at the Blues. I love being part of a team, but I also realized that I have always played to be the best.
But returning here, I felt that I had nothing more to prove and the motivation to get back in the game with younger guys has failed. Initially I thought about opening up to offers from abroad, I still have to provide for my family, but when I thought about my children and the commitments that my wife Honor had to undertake alone while I pursued my dream, I realized that it was time to stop.
And with the passing of the days I also realized that I was no longer interested in contracts from abroad or even continuing with New Zealand."
Six Nations latest results
France defeated Ireland 15-13 in Dublin in the match that closed the second day of Six Nations rugby.
A success that allows the team of the c.t. Fabien Galthie to remain in command of the standings with 9 points together with Wales, +3 over England, while Scotland follows at 4, Ireland rises to 2 and Italy always closes at zero.
A throbbing match gives Wales a 25-24 win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Matchday 2 of the Six Nations. The team of the c.t. Wayne Pivac thus repeats the victory of the debut and temporarily places himself at the top of the standings with 9 points, +3 over England and waiting for France (5), on the field tomorrow at 16 with Ireland (0) in Dublin.
Scotland, on the other hand, after the historic victory at Twickenham, with today's bonus point rises to 5. A bad England defeated Italy 41-18 at Twickenham in the match that opened the second day of the Six Nations rugby .
A victory that is anything but convincing (as has happened quite often for a year now), but one that at least puts the coach's team back on track Eddie Jones after losing home to Scotland a week ago. After the week off, at the resumption of February 27, England will be a guest of Wales, while the Azzurri will receive a visit from Ireland at the Olimpico in Rome. For Italy it is the 29th consecutive defeat in the Tournament.