All Blacks legend Dan Carter announces retirement

Dan Carter was part of 2011 and 2015 World Cup winning New Zealand squads
Dan Carter was part of 2011 and 2015 World Cup winning New Zealand squads

All Blacks legend Dan Carter has announced his retirement from professional rugby bringing an end to a 32-year illustrious career.

Carter started his senior career with provincial side Canterbury in 2002 with his Super Rugby debut coming a year later with Crusaders. With over 140 appearances and amassing 1708 points for them and went on to clinch three Super Rugby titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

He also had Top 14 stints with Perpignan and Racing 92 before heading to Top League where he represented Kobelco Steelers between 2018 and 2020. He made a return to New Zealand after he was signed by Auckland Blues for the 2020 season of Super Rugby Aotearoa but did not feature in any game.

"I'm officially retiring from professional rugby. A sport I've played 32 years which has helped shape me into the person I am today," he posted.

"I can't thank everyone who has played a part in my journey enough, particularly you, the fans. I'm excited about my next chapter in life and what that will look like.

"For now, I'm sad to walk away from playing but the timing is right. Rugby will always be a part of my life."

Carter played 112 Tests for the All Blacks between 2003 and 2015 and has scored 1598 international points - the highest in the history of Test match rugby. He was also a dual World Cup winner having won the titles in the 2011 and 2015 editions and was named IRB Player of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2015.