England will look to make a statement against new-look New Zealand side - Dan Carter

Dan Carter won the 2011 and 2015 World Cups with New Zealand
Dan Carter won the 2011 and 2015 World Cups with New Zealand

All Blacks great Dan Carter believes England will be looking to make a statement when they tour New Zealand in a two-game series in July.

Steve Borthwick's men will kick-start their tour in Dunedin for the first Test on 6th July before moving to Auckland for the second and final game on 13th July.

The last time England won a Test against the All Blacks in New Zealand was in 2003 when they sealed a 15-13 victory with their current head Borthwick was among the replacements in that encounter.

Since then the two sides have played 18 games with New Zealand winning 15 and England claiming two victories while their last encounter at Twickenham Stadium in 2022 ended in a draw.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” two-time World Cup winner Carter told the PA news agency at the launch of a new charity to support elite players after they retire from the game.

“It’s a new coaching group in New Zealand so there’s a lot of anticipation.

“We’ve lost a lot of experienced players and obviously with the success Scott Robertson had at Super Rugby level, everyone’s wondering if he can take that success on to the international stage up against an England side that will really want to come down here and make a bit of a statement up against a new-look All Blacks side.”

Carter, along with nine other current and former rugby union athletes, has initiated the Global Rugby Players Foundation. The aim is to provide retired players with career guidance, financial assistance, and health and wellness initiatives.

At 42 years old, Carter acknowledged experiencing a "loss of identity" post-retirement. He aims to utilize his own journey, along with insights from co-founders Jonny Wilkinson and Richie McCaw, to support players across all levels.

“I knew exactly what my purpose was in life for close to 20 years, to be the best rugby player possible,” Carter said.

“That’s what was driving me every morning to get out of bed and when that finishes there is just that void there.

“There might be the odd player that actually enjoys leaving the game and thrives, but for the group of friends and team-mates that I’ve talked to it has been quite the opposite and that’s the strength of this foundation.

“It’s by the players, for the players, so that the founding group have all quite openly shared their experiences.

“We’re here for everyone, whether they have physical or mental health problems. Whatever it is we want to provide a holistic approach.”