Former All Blacks star Dan Carter has announced his return to Super Rugby. The 38-year-old has joined the Auckland Blues ahead of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
The 10-week competition features all five of New Zealand’s Super Rugby sides and begins on June 13.
“It’s a chance to put the boots on, whether I play or not,” Carter said.
“I have not played for several months so it will be a number of weeks before I will be ready to be considered to play.
“And then only if my form warrants it. I’m fit but not rugby fit.”
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How much is Dan Carter worth?
According to NetworthBuzz, Carter has an estimated wealth of £1.4million ($1.8m).
The fly-half spent the majority of his club career in New Zealand with the Crusaders.
He then moved to France in 2015 and has spent the last two years in Japan with Kobelco Steelers.
Carter became a free agent after the Japanese season was cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis and has since returned to Aukland with his family.
According to the NZ Herald, Carter is set to take a huge pay cut with the Blues.
He was said to be earning £1m a year in Japan but now stands to earn just £920-a-week as a late addition to Super Rugby.
Carter was signed on a short-term deal as injury cover for Stephen Perofeta.
Blues head coach Leon MacDonald said: “For Dan it is not about the money.
“He is here as a favour, with a desire to give back to the sport.”
Carter added: “I guess this gives me an opportunity to do what I love and to be able to go home at the end of the day and be with my family.
“Being (able to play) in the same city where my kids go to school is a big factor behind me being here today.”
Carter made 112 appearances for New Zealand, winning two World Cups, and was named IRB Player of the Year three times.
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