Celebrating the Achievements and Career of Dan Carter

After calling time on what has been the epitome of a glittering rugby career, the precious few records Dan Carter hasn’t broken probably aren’t worth holding.

No kicker, nor any player for that matter, in the history of the international union has put more points on the board than the All Blacks legend. In a 12-year career representing New Zealand at senior level between 2003 and 2015, Carter easily outscored the previous record-holder Jonny Wilkinson by some margin – 352 points to be precise.

 

 

His number of international conversions (293) and penalty kicks (281) is way ahead of anyone else, with only England captain Owen Farrell having distant hopes of reaching him. Carter didn’t just contribute to the All Blacks’ dominant era in the world rugby union with his boot either. He crossed the tryline 29 times from fly half and when occasionally operating in midfield at the center.

What 1,598 total points scored on international duty across 112 caps amounted to in trophy terms is six Tri-Nations and three Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship wins, back-to-back Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015, and whitewashing the British and Irish Lions in 2005. What more could any New Zealander do in an All Black jersey?

Since Carter retired from representing his country following that 2015 World Cup success, they obviously missed him. New Zealand came up short of a third consecutive global grown in Japan in 2019. But they still managed three more Rugby Championship successes and a 2020 Tri-Nations series win against Argentina and Australia.

The All Blacks haven’t been short of quality kickers in the meantime. Richie Mo’unga and brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett have all enjoyed conversion and penalty duties in the intervening years. Blessed with such great options in the post-Carter era, it’s no wonder that New Zealand are 3.00 favorites in the rugby union betting for the next World Cup in 2023 in France. They are ahead of the tournament hosts, Japan conquerors England and holders South Africa in the market.

Carter, who spent some of his club career playing in the French Top 14 with Perpignan and Paris-based Racing 92, also holds several records in the Southern Hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition. Again, nobody has scored more points in that than he managed (1,708).

As the only Super Rugby player with over 300 conversions and penalties (306 and 322 each), Carter dominated with the boot for Canterbury Crusaders in his homeland. His kicking helped them to three titles and five New Zealand Cups.

To go with French Top 14 titles at both clubs he represented in Europe, Carter won the Top League in Japan while playing for Kobelco Steelers. That came in 2018-19, his first year in the Far East.

Few other rugby union players can say they have won championships on three different continents. Carter’s status as an all-time great for both the All Blacks and in the sport, in general, is secure. His legacy is one of great longevity, but he was far more than just an ace kicker.