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All Blacks great Dan Carter, the rugby world’s record points scorer, has been showered with praise since confirming his retirement.
Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Giteau and Quade Cooper are among Dan Carter’s international rugby rivals to shower praise on the retired All Blacks superstar – and the Springboks have invited him for “a braai’’.
Carter’s greatness has also been hailed by foreign rugby unions, with Australia, England, France, Japan and the British and Irish Lions posting tributes on their official social media accounts.
The entire spectrum of the rugby world – from Carter’s Canterbury country club Southbridge – to European Club Rugby – organisers of the European Champions Cup – and the champion five-eighth’s former French club Racing 92 have made generous acknowledgements.
Former All Black Dan Carter turned out for Southbridge during the Ellesmere division one club final against Waihora on Saturday.
Carter, 38, confirmed on Saturday that he had played his last game of rugby after a career highlighted by 112 tests for the All Blacks, two World Cup crowns, club titles in New Zealand, France and Japan and a world-record 1598 test points.
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His rugby journey mirrored Giteau’s, who is also 38 and, like Carter, proved adept in five-eighths roles in the international arena for over a decade.
Giteau, who also played in France and Japan, was quick to post a message to Carter.
“Congratulations, mate. It was an honor to play against you so often, less to lose so often! Enjoy your retirement, you have deserved it,’’ said Giteau, who was in the Wallabies side beaten by Carter’s man of the match performance in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.
Cooper, Giteau’s erstwhile Wallabies teammate, told Carter in a social media post: “You were an inspiration for all No10s, it was a privilege to play against the best.’’
Wilkinson – who Carter has rated as among the five best players he had seen – said: Congratulations on an inspiring career mate. Incredible times behind you, very exciting ones ahead too. Go well!!’’
The British and Irish Lions – still in awe of Carter’s 33-point command performance in the All Blacks’ win over the Lions in Wellington in 2005 – posted a photo of the Kiwi champion evading a tackle by Wilkinson and a teammate from that tour.
The Springboks’ official Twitter page said, in congratulating Carter: “You’ll always be welcome here for a braai’’.
The popular SA Rugby Mag site also hailed Carter, with writer Mark Keohane – a former Springboks media manager – noting he had won 79 per cent of his 19 tests against the Springboks and had earned three man of the match awards.
The All Blacks’ ace marksman racked up 255 points from three tries, eight dropped goals, 33 conversions and 55 penalties against South Africa, according to Keohane’s calculations.
The European Champions Cup claimed Carter as “one of the all-time greats’’.
The French Rugby Federation noted “a rugby legend ends his career today. Thanks Mr Dan Carter for what you brought to rugby.’’
Carter spent four seasons in Paris with French club Racing 92 after retiring from the All Blacks after their 2015 Rugby World Cup win.
He helped Racing win the French Top 14 competition title and pick up two European Champions Cup silver medals.
Racing hailed their former star import on their social media pages.
“[Racing president] Jacky Lorenzetti and the whole club salute the career and track record of an exceptional champion who has brought so much to international rugby and racing. His [unique] personality left his mark on our club …’’
Carter went on to win a Japan Top League title with the Kobelco Steelers and his efforts there prompted a tribute from the Japan Rugby Union.
”Thank you for everything, Dan. And thank you for making Japan a part of your amazing 32-year career.’’
The Kobelco club also retweeted his retirement announcement.
Carter returned to New Zealand after his Japan stint and joined he Blues as an injury cover replacement , although he did not play for them in the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
He did, however, win another club rugby honour – with his boyhood club Southbridge, who bolstered for the 2020 Ellesmere competition title.
Southbridge posted their gratitude and best wishes on their Facebook page at the weekend.
“Congratulations Dan Carter on an amazing career! Thanks for all of the memories and for all that you have done for Southbridge RFC throughout your time as a professional player.You are a great club man! Enjoy the next chapter!’’