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Friday, April 27, 2012

Celebrating Dan Carter's milestone of 100 Super Rugby games

Daniel Carter played his 100th game of Super Rugby last weekend when he faced the Hurricanes, the side he made his 2003 debut against. Here's a superbly made video that features great footage from the last nine years, and words from Dan himself. 

Despite having been injured for a large part of the campaign, late last year Carter added a Rugby World Cup winners medal to his hugely impressive list of achievements over the years.

Multiple Super Rugby titles, Tri Nations wins, and victory over the British & Irish Lions all came about through the supreme influence of a man who is quite possibly the most gifted, and well rounded - in more than one way - number ten we've seen, or will see, for quite some time.

James from Whero Films sat down with New Zealand's record points scorer for a chat to discuss yet another milestone, his impressive achievement of reaching 100 Super Rugby games. The result is an insightful interview, and a quality video packed with some of Carter's best bits.

This season he's come back from injury and eased into the competition at center, or second five eigth, a role the 30 year-old says has been good for his development. He's cited playing outside of Andrew Mehrtens, Carlos Spencer, and Aaron Mauger as being valuable lessons in his career. 

Against the Hurricanes last weekend it was another memorable occasion for Carter as he not only scored a try, but his team came away with a 42-14 bonus-point win. After watching this awesome video, you can view highlights of that game in our archived Super Rugby section.

Hurricanes vs Crusaders highlights | All Super Rugby Highlights

Thanks to James Red McLeod - Whero Films

Posted at 10:27 am | 17 comments

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Billybob April 27, 2012 12:48 pm

Amazing, seems like such a humble guy. He needs to teach a few kids some of his tricks

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paimoe April 27, 2012 2:02 pm

To me at least, best 10 of the modern era, and first player I'd pick in a pickup game. Best defensive 10 too, he's made so many important tackles and even turnovers for Crusaders and All Blacks. Just insanely talented, and humble and down to earth to go with it. Much nicer to follow a player who seems like a really good guy than one getting arrested every weekend or something.

I think he'll still have enough left to play in the 2015 WC, I hope so at least. And luckily it seems NZ finally has some good young 10s coming through (Taylor, Barrett, Anscombe, as well as Slade and Cruden still) to recover.

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H April 27, 2012 3:46 pm

Anyone know the funky tune starting at 2:06?

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Rob Rich April 27, 2012 4:21 pm

A true great of the game. You measure a 10 by his influence on the game and Carter, to The Crusaders and the All Blacks, is huge. He has been unquestionably, the best 10 in the last 20 years and IMO Top 5 of all time

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AliDean April 29, 2012 3:09 pm

I think Wilko would have something to say about that! Maybe the best but definatly not "unquestionable"!

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Rob Rich April 29, 2012 4:40 pm

Wilko, as good as he was, was at his peak for 3 years max. Carter has been at the top for much more

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anonymous no7 April 29, 2012 9:03 pm

I try and avoid these debates because it's a bit of a chicken or egg argument. But as good as DC is and even if I personally think he's probably the best 10, he's never really been at the top of his game in world cups and pulled out a stand out performance.

I know a lot of it is down to bad luck due to a variety of reasons like age, ref decisions and injuries but in WCs he just hasn't had a headline moment. Purely on that basis you can make a case for some of the fly halves of the past like Lynagh, larkham, andrew even lamaitre being at the top and I think thats one of the main arguments for JW; 2 world cup finals including an assist, a winning drop goal and 21 points.

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anonymous no7 April 27, 2012 4:35 pm

Absolutely class act, cheers RD.

Over the last few weeks I've watched quite a few documentaries and interviews of players like Jonny Wilkinson, Shane Williams and now Dan Carter and there's a wonderfully humble nature to all of these great players despite their spectacular rugby talents. It's good to see that despite the professional era the best players understand how important hard work is for success and when they achieve it, enjoy it and yet still maintain their class on and off the pitch without getting carried away with the rewards it brings. It's one of the really special thing about rugby and I hope it continues long into the future as well.

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Guy April 27, 2012 6:52 pm

What can you say about guys like Carter, but also Wilkinson and Shane...

Those guys make me and a lot of people on this site I reckon, just very, very proud to be part of the Rugby Family.

RD: Thank you so much for showing this kind of stuff. It seems to touch the core of everything that we love about the best sport in the universe!

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donkeyballs4000 April 28, 2012 10:13 am

Good to hear him admitting that he wants to leave a legacy. So many players seem to feign modesty when topics like that come around "oh I don't mind, it's all about the team" etc, I rarely believe them

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themull April 28, 2012 1:11 pm

One of the greatest player to ever play the game and himself along with Johnny are top 2 10's to ever step onto a rugby pitch too

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Pretzel April 28, 2012 5:33 pm

Hard to believe he is 30 years old... He doesn't really look a day over 19-20..

Good on him, it is a shame he has a had a few injuries on the way, notably the World cup campaign, would have been nice to see him play a few more games.

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mndpsp1 April 29, 2012 3:33 am

Top lad he is. I had never seen those videos of him in his early days, bloody hell he was (and still is) amazing!
I've met people that don't like Dan Carter, all I can say is they do not know anything about rugby.
At the pass he is going, I reckon he could hold out till RWC 2015, I mean look ad Radike Samo, 35 years old!
All i say is, good luck mate!

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wow-jiffy-lube April 29, 2012 10:55 pm

The most complete rugby player since Gareth Edwards. Simple as.

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Spadchluasach May 03, 2012 11:05 am

What I want to know is how he keeps his tan when he's always been in Ronan O'Gara's shadow?

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