Dan Carter set to make a sensational return to NZ Super Rugby

Tanya Simon
June 5, 2020

"Safety is obviously imperative and I support any initiative to keep players and officials protected".

Carter has signed as an injury replacement with the Blues, joining current All Blacks No. 10 Beauden Barrett at the Auckland-based franchise for the upcoming Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament.

Following his association with Crusaders, he went on to make his debut for French side Racing 92 post his global retirement with the 2015 World Cup and joined Kobelco Steelers in 2018 but with the Top League competition suspended following the pandemic coronavirus, he has chose to be part of the Auckland based club.

"Two things from the lockdown that I realised was I really enjoyed spending more time with my family and I miss rugby".

'If he gets back into playing form that warrants selection, then he could help us as a utility back in midfield or fullback, ' he said.

'We have a young group of players.

The Crusaders were top of the New Zealand Conference when Super Rugby was halted in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A player who receives a red card can be replaced 20 minutes after leaving the field and, in matches which are tied at the end of regulation, a 10-minute period of tiebreaker extra time will be played with the team scoring first winning.

"I got through five games earlier this year in Japan, and that gave me a lot of confidence bouncing back from neck surgery last year".

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New Zealand has not recorded a new coronavirus case for 12 days and has just one active case.

"The young guys don't know whether to shake his hand or get an autograph", MacDonald said.

"His motive is to give back to NZ Rugby by sharing his experience/knowledge with us", MacDonald wrote. He was also voted World Rugby's World player of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2015.

A lifelong Crusaders fan, nana Pam even said she would switch allegiance to the Blues when the Crusaders and Blues played their two matches in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Auckland Blues coach Leon MacDonald is understood to have confirmed the news to the squad on Wednesday evening via a Whatsapp message, which was obtained by media in New Zealand, however, the club have not commented on the potential move officially.

Carter spent much of his first Blues training locked in conversation with his former All Blacks team-mate Barrett.

Carter said the shutting down of rugby this year could have benefits to players wanting to recuperate and extend their careers.

"Then you look at the other side of the spectrum with more experienced players like yourself [Sexton], you don't get many opportunities like this".

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