Dan Carter’s déjà-vu with Top 14 rugby win

Dan Carter hit new heights playing for Racing 92

All Black legend Dan Carter says he thought nothing could match winning the Rugby World Cup in 2015... but that was until he won France’s Top 14 championship with Racing 92.

The double-world champion, three-time Super Rugby winner, and leading points scorer in international and Super Rugby history has just called time on the French stage of his playing career after two-and-a-half seasons in Paris where his contract made him the first €1million-a-year-player.

He said: “After winning a World Cup in 2015, I thought nothing would get close to that feeling.

“But to play in Barcelona in the Top 14 final in 2016, in front of 100,000 people, to help Racing win their first Top 14 title since 1990, was special.

“Being down to 14 men after 18 minutes and to be able to fight through and win that title was a real highlight.”

Carter kicked five penalties in a man-of-the-match performance at the Nou Camp after teammate Maxime Machenaud had been sent off for a dangerous tackle.

It was the New Zealander’s second Top 14 crown. He had won a first by default during an injury-shortened stint with Perpignan in 2008/09.

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