Two-time World Cup winning All Blacks great Dan Carter is set to move to Japanese Top League club Kobe Kobelco Steelers according to Japanese news agency Kyodo News.
Reports at the start of the week in the French and New Zealand media said that the 35 year-old who is currently plying his trade with French Top14 side Racing 92, said that the 112 times-capped pivot was set for a move to Japan’s Top league next summer, following the end of his three-year contract in the French capital.
However no club was named in the reports but now reliable sources close to Kyodo have told them that former Crusaders star Carter is to sign for the Steelers.
The proposed move is likely to be the three-time former World Player of the Year’s last pro contract after he recently told a fan on Twitter that he was hoping to play for a couple more years before moving back to his native New Zealand.
If Carter, who made his professional bow way back in 2002 were to join Kobe, he would link up with his former Crusaders and All Blacks half-back partner, Andy Ellis, with whom he won two Super rugby titles in 2006 and 2008.
28 times-capped Ellis, a 2011 World Cup winner, has been at the Club since 2014.
In another Kiwi connection, the Steelers who have won the Top League once and who finished in fourth place last year, also have a relationship with former New Zealand and Crusaders coach Wayne Smith, who stepped down from his role as the All Blacks assistant coach last month.
Signing Carter would undoubtedly be a coup for them and would also see him team up with former Australia and Waratahs star Adam Ashley-Cooper, who joined the club this year.
A big fan of the country, he recently visited there in his role as an ambassador for Mastercard, one of the sponsors of the Rugby World Cup 2019, which will be held in Japan, tweeting,
Traveling for some sponsorship work to a country I enjoy very much. Hope you’re all having a great weekend. pic.twitter.com/RWHEAh1KlX
— Dan Carter (@DanCarter) November 4, 2017
Since joining Racing 92 after the All Blacks’ 2015 Rugby World Cup triumph, Carter has helped the money-laden club to a French Championship title and to a European Champions Cup final, in which they lost to Saracens.
His move to France has also made him the World’s highest paid player, earning a whopping 1.5 million euros a year.
An all-time great, Carter who also had a short spell with Perpignan in the past, is the highest points scorer in test match history, having amassed a phenomenal 1,598 points during a twelve year international career.
He also won Six Tri-Nations and Rugby Championship titles with the men in black.
Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena
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