Tuesday Mar 20, 2018

Dan Carter takes forearm shot to the throat in his final Paris derby

Dan Carter takes forearm shot to the throat in his final Paris derby
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Dan Carter was on the receiving end of a nasty forearm shot to the throat from Stade Francais prop Zurabi Zhvania this past weekend. Accordingly, the Georgian international spent some time in the bin after he was shown a yellow card.

Carter was able to recover and finish out the first half before being subbed for Pat Lambie shortly after the break. The decision paid off as Lambie made three conversions off the back of a Marc Andreu try and a brace from Teddy Thomas.

In what will be Carter’s final French derby with the cross-town rivals, Racing were able to complete the come-from-behind win 28-22 after trailing 14-7 at the half. They currently occupy second behind Montpellier in the Top 14 table.

Of course, the big news for Carter is his upcoming move to Japan when his contract with Racing runs out later this year. Although now 35, he still appears to have a desire to play at a high level of competition.

Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, followed by the 2020 Summer Olympics. No doubt he’ll see this as an opportunity to help grow the game in the region, but it’s also a decision that will certainly benefit him financially and bring him much closer to home.  

“When I was trying to make a decision of whether to stay in France or look elsewhere… it was a tough decision, but it made so much more sense to be living and playing in Japan.”

This nasty (unlucky?) fend to the throat is nothing we haven’t seen before. In 2007 former England hooker Phil Greening was ordered to pay out almost £30,000 for an injury he caused French international Aurelien Rougerie five years earlier.

In what was an unprecidented case at the time, the court ruled in Rougerie’s favour after he had to have three operations to repair his windpipe after the injury, which he felt was due to illegal play after Greening had fended him off in a preseason friendly.

Thankfully, Carter’s injury or pain from the fend appeared to only be temporary.

Credit: David Demri/Top 14

13 Comments

  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    Excellent play!

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  •  10stonenumber10
    10stonenumber10

    Even at 35 years old, I would still pick DC over Bobcat Beirut or whatever his name is...

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  •  im1
    im1

    the fat fck prop needs to work on how to hand off legally

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  •  oliver
    oliver

    Just saw this: apart from that card, there were sensational phases of play in that game. 2 trys from Thomas, a spectacular one from Andreu, and Vakatawa at his best! RD, it's worthy of another post IMO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMf23IGL4Wk

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  •  the_osprey
    the_osprey

    Don't know if there's black letter law on this, but yeah I'd say that's how it works in practice.

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  •  oliver
    oliver

    mmm I'm only 44....I was young when that happened.....still qualify as old fart? ;-) but yes things have changed you're right!

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  •  gaz2069
    gaz2069

    Needs to work on his body position in the tackle me thinks....... Dan Carter or little Johnny from the U15's. Rubbish body position means a world of hurt!

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  •  ruckinmaul
    ruckinmaul

    wow, you could be 50+ years old right now. You must have seen the transition period from amateur to semi pro to professional era.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Unfortunately I cannot comment particularly on Greening as I have looked and still l cant find it...I've read reports but they are quite obvious sounding and don't really highlight the intention or lack of? I can understand gouging being pursued, but even fighting, I guess I've never seen a serious injury resulting in a rugby brawl (to either myself, team mates or opponents), but I'm aware they can happen. Just the whole thing and the courts side of thing is quite new to me..

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  •  im1
    im1

    I really hate these fends. I thought the law was that if the ball carrying forearm makes contact its fine, but if its not the ball carrying arm then it isn't.

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  •  oliver
    oliver

    I've been on the receiving end of such a fend once and I can tell you it's extremely painful. It was 30 years ago but I'll never forget it. That throat area is super sensitive and as the Rougerie case shows, any serious blow there can have very serious consequences, for life.

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  •  colombes
    colombes

    Accidental or intentional elbow on the throat, i far remember the consequences than the incident: 9 months out, surgery on throat, spine, windpipe, carotide and new voice. At first, Clermont didn't want to pursue Greening, but the disdain of the Wasps player and staff describing the injury as the unfortunate result of a "perfectly legitimate tackle" forced Clermont club and the player to go in justice. Finally, all could have been solved with better PR between both clubs. Greening and Wasps were condemned in 2007 and waited 2012 to pay. The relations between clubs must be pretty good. I can remember rugby players suing each others after brawls or deliberate agressions/punchs/headbutts causing serious injuries... but don't remember others cases leading to the same result. isn't it?

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  •  drg
    drg

    Interesting article with the note of Greening having to pay Rougerie... I'd imagine this must have been covered by some sort of insurance Greening must have had? It's a surprise that he'd have gone to court over a rugby incident? I haven't seen Greenings incident before, but I'd say if it's like this - which I'd suggest is sort of reckless, and loose rather than pre planned or particularly malicious (others might think differently), then it's hard to understand how it can be worked out in a court? If I play a game and carry out a chop tackle and breaks someone's leg, then they need multiple operations, am I now liable for payouts? Scary thoughts..

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