The All Black legend with 112 caps will go down as one of the greatest players of all time. His last All Blacks Cap came with a man of the match performance against Australia in the 2015 World Cup Final, where the team won 34-17 at Twickenham.
Fittingly, Carter received his 100th Cap at Twickenham, presented by a fellow Centurion, Richie McCaw (image above). Following his stellar international career, he has since played for French club Racing 92, Japan’s Kobelco Steelers and returned to New Zealand with the Auckland Blues.
In an emotional post on Instagram, Carter wrote: “I’ve thought about this on so many occasions, but today is the day, and I am very grateful that I can do it on my terms. “I’m officially retiring from professional rugby. A sport I’ve played for 32 years has helped shape me into the person I am today. “I can’t thank everyone who has played a part in my journey enough, particularly you, the fans. I’m excited about my next chapter in life and what that will look like. “For now, I’m sad to walk away from playing, but the timing is right. Rugby will always be a part of my life.”
His International test debut came at Hamilton, where New Zealand played Wales on 21 June 2003. Carter went on to represent the All Blacks on 112 occasions, amassing 29 tries, 293 conversions, 281 penalties and 8 drop goals giving him a total of 1,598 test points – the most any player has ever achieved. On the international stage, his win percentage is 89% – quite incredible!
Dan was the World Rugby Player of the Year on three occasions (2005, 2012 and 2015); he won the Web Ellis Rugby World Cup twice (2011, 2015) and was recently named in the World Rugby Team of the Decade alongside a number of Centurions.
He has had an incredible career, and everybody at Rugby Centurions Club wishes Dan and his family all the very best on the next part of his journey. We are already looking forward to the day where we can present his Rugby Centurions Jacket.