90 | Dan Carter - Greatest Kiwi of All Time 2023

90 | Dan Carter - Greatest Kiwi of All Time 2023

Greatest Kiwi Of All Time: No. 81 - Dan Carter (Down 9 from 81 last year)

27th November 2010.  Dan Carter lines up a penalty goal against the same team he had played in his first test match seven years earlier - Wales.  It was dead centre, on the halfway line.

The boy from Leeston was about to become the highest point scorer in Test Rugby history.  

Dan Carter grew up loving rugby.  He started playing at five years old, for his local club - Southbridge.  He came from a great rugby pedigree, his uncle Bill Dalley having toured with the mighty Invincibles All Black side of 1924 and 25.

Carter debuted for Canterbury in 2002, then the Crusaders in 2003.  But it wouldn’t be long before he was drawing the attention of All Black selectors.

The following year Carter secured a permanent position as first-five, replacing Carlos Spencer.  Carter would become synonymous with the black number 10 jersey, he’d go on to wear it more than a hundred times.

In 2005, after just two full seasons being an All Black, Carter would be named IRB Player of the Year, the first kiwi to win the award.  The Guardian called his 33-point effort against the Lions the definitive moment of the modern era.  Now, let’s skip forward a couple of Rugby World Cups, shall we?

It was the middle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and everything was going to plan for Dan and the All Blacks.  Carter had just been named captain of the team for the first time, against Canada.  Then, at practice, he would tear a groin tendon.  Dan was OUT.  

The country panicked, but - spoiler alert - it all turned out OK.  

By the next World Cup - 2015 in England - Carter had won another IRB Player of the Year award and he was determined to be on the pitch for another All Black World Cup win.  In the tournament final, Carter had a blinder.

He scored four penalties, converted two tries and kicked a drop goal that gave the All Blacks the winning moment.  The All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup for the third time and Carter was once again IRB Player of the Year.

Three Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders.  Nine Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks.  Two World Cup wins.  The greatest first five to have put on the All Black jersey.  Dan Carter, one of the Greatest Kiwis of All Time.