Dan Carter

Dan Carter
Dan Carter
Dan Carter 2011.jpg
Full name Daniel William Carter
Date of birth 5 March 1982 (1982-03-05) (age 29)
Place of birth Southbridge, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
School Ellesmere College
Christchurch Boys' High
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-Half, Inside centre
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–present Canterbury 34 (45)
correct as of 28 September 2009.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–present Crusaders 95 (1,272)28t
correct as of 9 July 2011.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–present New Zealand 85 (1,250)29t
correct as of 25 September 2011.

Daniel William "Dan" Carter (born 5 March 1982(1982-03-05)) is a New Zealand rugby union player.

He is currently the highest points scorer in test match rugby[1] and is regarded as one of rugby's greatest ever fly-halves.[2]


Early life

Carter was born on 5 March 1982 in Southbridge, a small town in the South Island of New Zealand, to Neville and Bev Carter,[3] and has one older sister, Sarah. From the age of 5, he played with Southbridge Rugby Club as a scrum half. He attended Ellesmere College and Christchurch Boys High School, and has said he was a shy and quiet young man who kept grand aspirations to himself.[4] His great uncle was Canterbury and New Zealand half back Bill Dalley, a member of the 1924–25 Invincibles and later a Canterbury rugby administrator.


Carter kicking at goal for the Crusaders

Carter made his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002, and in 2003 was selected to play in the Super 12 (now Super Rugby) franchise the Crusaders. Initially playing mainly at second five-eighth Carter reached the final of the competition with the Crusaders in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Although they lost the 2003 and 2004 finals, in 2005 Carter had moved to first five-eighth. He regularly played with Andrew Mehrtens before Mehrtens left the team following their 2004 season. In 2005 and 2006 the Crusaders won the competition, and in the 2006 season Carter scored the most individual points for a player in one season with 221. In April 2008, Carter was linked with a possible move to the Welsh Magners League region the Cardiff Blues along with Guinness Premiership returnees Northampton Saints until being linked to play next season with French teams RC Toulonnais as well as Stade Toulousain who in April 2008 offered Carter "the biggest rugby contract in world rugby", at £750,000 per year.[5] In June 2008, Carter made the decision to sign a six-month contract with French club side Perpignan, who then paid Carter the equivalent of £30,000 per game, during his sabbatical season.[6] On 31 January 2009 Carter ruptured his achilles tendon playing for Perpignan against Stade Francais but they still managed to win the Top 14. He ended up recovering earlier than expected and played for his province, Canterbury, in the opening game of the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. He then won selection to play for the All Blacks against Australia on 22 August 2009 after only recovering for a few months. He is now the top scorer in Super 12/14 rugby history.[7]


In June 2003, Carter made his All Blacks debut at age 21 in Hamilton, New Zealand, scoring 20 points against Wales. He was then capped against France in Christchurch, which the All Blacks won 31–23. He was also a substitute in a match against Australia (the Wallabies) in Sydney, which the All Blacks won 50–21. Carter was then included in New Zealand's 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, where he first gained serious international attention. Carter spent much of the latter stages of the tournament on the bench leaving New Zealand without a specialist goal-kicker. However, he did play in the games against Italy in Melbourne, which the All Blacks won 70–7, and the wins over Canada and Tonga. Although he has been an All Black since 2003 he only secured a permanent position as the first five-eighth in the team during the 2004 tour to the United Kingdom and France displacing Carlos Spencer. He had been playing as a second five-eighths up until the end of the 2004 Tri-Nations. After Carter's performance in the second All Blacks Test against the British and Irish Lions in 2005, he was hailed as the next big thing in world rugby. He scored two tries, five penalties, and four conversions. He ended the match with 33 points, passing the previous All Blacks record of 18 points in a Lions Test (Carter's second-half total of 22 points by itself was sufficient to top this).[citation needed]

On 27 November 2010, after scoring a halfway penalty against Wales, Carter became the highest point scorer of all time,[8][9] overtaking England's Jonny Wilkinson's previous record of 1,178 although Wilkinson took the record back on 26 February 2011 against France. Carter reclaimed the record on 30 July 2011 when he advanced to 1,204 points in the first tri-nations match of the 2011 series against South Africa.[1] He has currently scored a total of 1,250 test points (29 tries, 224 conversions, 215 penalties, and 4 drop goals) in 85 tests, with an average of 15.0 points a game (the highest average for players who have scored more than 500 Test points). Along with Richie McCaw Carter earns 750,000 NZD a year being the joint highest paid player in New Zealand. This high paying contract by the New Zealand Rugby Union is not subject to form or fitness as both players are regarded integral to the All Blacks 2011 Rugby World Cup plans. After being vice captain for more than 50 tests under Richie McCaw, it was announced on 1 October that Carter would captain the All Blacks for the first time against Canada. However, it was later announced that Carter would miss the rest of the 2011 Rugby World Cup after tearing a groin tendon during the final training session before the match against Canada. [10] Carter has signed a contract to re-sign with the NZRU until 2015.[11]

International tries

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Wales Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Test Match 02003-06-21 21 June 2003 Won
2  Australia Sydney, Australia Stadium Australia Tri Nations 02003-07-26 26 July 2003 Won
3  Italy Melbourne, Australia Docklands Stadium Rugby World Cup 02003-10-11 11 October 2003 Won
4  Tonga Brisbane, Australia Lang Park Rugby World Cup 02003-10-24 24 October 2003 Won
5  England Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Test Match 02004-06-19 19 June 2004 Won
6  Italy Rome, Italy Stadio Flaminio Test Match 02004-11-13 13 November 2004 Won
7  France Paris, France Stade de France Test Match 02004-11-27 27 November 2004 Won
8  Fiji North Shore City, New Zealand North Harbour Stadium Test Match 02005-06-10 10 June 2005 Won
9  British and Irish Lions Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium Test Match 02005-07-02 2 July 2005 Won
10  British and Irish Lions Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium Test Match 02005-07-02 2 July 2005 Won
11  Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium Test Match 02005-11-05 5 November 2005 Won
12  Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium Test Match 02005-11-05 5 November 2005 Won
13  Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Ferrocaril Oeste Test Match 02006-06-24 24 June 2006 Won
14  South Africa Rustenburg, South Africa Olympia Park Tri Nations 02006-09-02 2 September 2006 Lost
15  England London, England Twickenham Test Match 02006-11-05 5 November 2006 Won
16  France Lyon, France Stade de Gerland Test Match 02006-11-11 11 November 2006 Won
17  Canada Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Test Match 02007-06-16 16 June 2007 Won
18  Canada Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Test Match 02007-06-16 16 June 2007 Won
19  Canada Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Test Match 02007-06-16 16 June 2007 Won
20  South Africa Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park Tri Nations 02007-07-14 14 July 2007 Won
21  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Test Match 02007-09-23 23 September 2007 Won
22  England Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Test Match 02008-06-14 14 June 2008 Won
23  England Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park Test Match 02008-06-21 21 June 2008 Won
24  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Stadium Tri Nations 02008-08-16 16 August 2008 Won
25  Australia Brisbane, Australia Lang Park Tri Nations 02008-09-13 13 September 2008 Won
26  Wales Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook Test Match 02010-06-19 19 June 2010 Won
27  Wales Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook Test Match 02010-06-19 19 June 2010 Won
28  Australia Melbourne, Australia Docklands Stadium Tri Nations 02010-07-31 31 July 2010 Won
29  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Test Match 02010-11-13 13 November 2010 Won


Personal life

Carter models for Jockey underwear on billboards worldwide.[13] His girlfriend, Honor Dillon joined him in one campaign in 2009.[14]

In 2004 and 2005, Carter was voted sexiest New Zealand male in a survey, receiving 35.7% of the vote in 2005.[15]

In November 2006, he released a book entitled Dan Carter: Skills & Performance. It included stories about his relatively brief international rugby career as well as section on skills for younger players.

In 2008 American Cable Channel E! Entertainment judged Carter to be 11th on their list of Sexiest Men in The World.[16] In 2010, E! voted Carter the 3rd sexiest male athlete in the World.[citation needed]

Carter was the first person in the world to purchase a PC shipped with Windows Vista.[17] In addition to Jockey, Carter also is a spokesmodel for Daikin heat pumps [18] and from mid 2011, Philips electric shavers [19] and with the All Blacks, Rexona deoderant [20]

In October 2010, he got engaged to his longtime girlfriend and former Black Sticks striker Honor Dillon. Marriage plans have not yet been made.[21]


Personal Accolades

  • 2004 – Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year
  • 2004 – Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year
  • 2005 – Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year
  • 2005IRB International Player of the Year
  • 2006 – Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year
  • 2010 – Most super Rugby points in the world

Carter also has the highest points average per test (15.1 points per test).




New Zealand

  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Winner


  1. ^ a b "BBC Sport – New Zealand humble South Africa". BBC News. 30 July 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/14329923.stm. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dan Carter | Rugby Union | Players and Officials". ESPN Scrum. http://www.espnscrum.com/newzealand/rugby/player/14233.html. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Knowler, Richard (23 November 2009). "Parents' gift led to Dan Carter's talent". stuff.co.nz. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/3086803/Parents-gift-led-to-Dan-Carters-talent. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Coursey, Michelle. "DAN CARTER: I WAS A SHY KID". NZ Woman's Weekly. http://www.nzwomansweekly.co.nz/celebrities/celeb-stories/dan-carter-i-was-shy-kid/story/4105270/. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Toulouse make an amazing £750,000 bid to get Carter". Dailymail. UK: Associated Newspapers. 17 April 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/rugby.html?in_article_id=560365&in_page_id=1780. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Gray, Wynne (26 June 2008). "European Cup sways Carter's Perpignan move". New Zealand Herald (APN Holdings). http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/4/story.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10518842. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Crusaders win as Dan Carter sets record". Stuff.co.nz. 10 April 2010. http://www.stuff.co.nz/3569794. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Wales v New Zealand: Dan Carter the unstoppable points machine for the All Blacks". Telegraph. UK. 25 November 2010. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/newzealand/8157751/Wales-v-New-Zealand-Dan-Carter-the-unstoppable-points-machine-for-the-All-Blacks.html. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wales 25 New Zealand 37". Telegraph. UK. 27 November 2010. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/wales/8162341/Wales-25-New-Zealand-37-match-report.html. Retrieved 75 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Averis, Mike (2 October 2011). "Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand lose Dan Carter to groin injury". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/oct/02/dan-carter-new-zealand-groin-injury. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Ford, Greg (14 November 2010). "Rodney So'oialo, Ali Williams on a roll". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/4343395/Rodney-So-oialo-Ali-Williams-on-a-roll. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Dan Carter / Test matches". Scrum. ESPN. http://www.scrum.com/statsguru/rugby/player/14233.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=date;template=results;triesmin1=1;triesval1=tries;type=player;view=match. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Daniels, Chris (18 November 2007). "Jockey taking Dan Carter ads worldwide". New Zealand Herald. APN Holdings. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/advertising/news/article.cfm?c_id=111&objectid=10476721&pnum=1. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Dan Carter strips off with girlfriend". One News. Television New Zealand. 26 July 2009. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/dan-carter-strips-off-girlfriend-2871422. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ "American TV put sexy Carter in 11th heaven". RugbyHeaven.com.au. http://www.rugbyheaven.com.au/articles/2008/11/11/1226318629682.html?feed=fairfaxdigitalxml. Retrieved 18 November 2008. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Microsoft Launches Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System to Consumers". http://www.microsoft.com/nz/presscentre/articles/2007/jan07_windowsvistalaunch.mspx. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  18. ^ All Black legend Dan Carter and Daikin, a hot combination in new campaign by The Works
  19. ^ Dan Carter pulls out the razor and shares different side
  20. ^ Rexona Commercial for New Zealand market: Ritual of Confidence
  21. ^ "Dan Carter promises to love, Honor and obey". Stuff.co.nz. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/4238321/Dan-Carter-announces-engagement. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 

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Preceded by
South Africa Schalk Burger
IRB International Player of the Year
Succeeded by
New Zealand Richie McCaw

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