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Legendary All Black Dan Carter has reportedly signed for the Blues ahead of Super Rugby Aotearoa which kicks off in New Zealand next week.

Carter, who had neck surgery a year ago and has not played since February, said he was unlikely to be match fit for several weeks. "(But) he has been a legend of New Zealand rugby and I don't see any negatives towards it.

Carter confirmed today he has signed on as injury cover for the Blues.

"You know he's our Tom Brady he doesn't stop he's still a great athlete and we really stoked to have him".

Carter has not played in his homeland since his global retirement in 2015, when he helped the All Blacks seal back-to-back World Cup titles at Twickenham.

Carter played 141 matches over 13 Super Rugby seasons for the and led the All Blacks to victory at the 2015 World Cup after being injured at the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

Current Blues coach Leon McDonald, who played with Carter with New Zealand said, "We'll take our time and make sure we progress Dan safely,".

"We have two designated 10s in Beauden [Barrett] and Otere [Black], and Dan will be there to help them and our other young backs".

Dan Carter will be invaluable to Blues coach Leon MacDonald on and off the field.

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"Draws can often leave everyone feeling a little empty, and after feedback from our coaches and players we have added the golden point rule", Lendrum added.

He became a free agent when the Top League canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It wasn't a straight yes but at the same time it was a great opportunity to be able to train and potentially play in the city where my kids go to school and my family is at now".

The genial but outspoken front-rower, who played 54 Tests in the Green-and-Gold, is all from pragmatism when it comes to rugby dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. "And then only if form warrants it".

'It's an exciting opportunity to train in the same city that my kids go to school in and my family are now living. They're a pretty parochial bunch down there, and she got me thinking about all the thousands of Canterbury people I'd be disappointing by leaving.

The Blues first match will against the Hurricanes at 3.05 pm next Sunday while the opening match for the Super Rugby Aotearoa will be the Highlanders taking on the Chiefs at 5.05 pm next Saturday. He retired from test rugby in 2015. So it is like a mini-sabbatical.

McDonald stated that Carter will likely be used as a utility player.

"Safety is obviously imperative and I support any initiative to keep players and officials protected".


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