All Black Carter to Quit New Zealand for France After World Cup

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will quit New Zealand after next year’s Rugby World Cup to ply his trade in France.

Carter, 32, has signed a three-year deal with Paris-based club Racing Metro, New Zealand Rugby said in a statement today. He is set to become the world’s highest-paid rugby player with a contract worth 1.5 million euros ($1.9 million) a year, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported.

Rugby’s leading scorer in elite tests with 1,457 points, Carter is bidding to regain the All Blacks No. 10 jersey for the 2015 World Cup in England and Wales starting in September. He was invalided out of the last tournament in 2011, won by New Zealand in a final against France, and was largely sidelined this year by a string of injuries.

“2015 is going to be a big year and I’m looking forward to getting into it,” Carter said in the statement. “My body is feeling really good, I’m training really hard and getting some good conditioning in so I can hit the ground running next year.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Carter is still in the midst of a wonderful career and will leave New Zealand as “the greatest” No. 10 ever.

Carter played five games for French side Perpignan during a sabbatical from New Zealand rugby in 2008-2009, a stint cut short by injury.

“Having visited France many times, including my time with Perpignan, I know what the French culture and their rugby culture is like and it’s something I really love,” Carter said. “It’s going to be an awesome adventure for me and my family.”

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