All Blacks legend Dan Carter is set to kick-start his final phase of a glittering career as he has landed in Japan and started his training after signing a two-year deal with Kobelco Steelers.
Carter, who has amassed close to 1600 points from 112 Tests for New Zealand has turned out contracts from European clubs and is keep to try out a stint with Japan before a possible end to an 18-year career.
Carter is joined by Highlanders Richard Buckman, Tom Franklin and former Blues player Hayden Parker and it is reported that New Zealand duo Israel Dagg and Matt Todd are also set to make a move to Japan.
The 36-year-old will be accompanied by his wife and their two children in New Zealand throughout his contract.
Meanwhile, Dagg, who has last played for New Zealand in 2017, making 66 appearances will represent the Canon Eagles club which will keep him out of the national selection for the upcoming Rugby Championship and possibly the European tour to follow.