Dan Carter to take a break ahead of World CupPosted on 12/08/2013 in Blog, Rugby
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has said that he will take a six-month break from the game after the All Blacks' upcoming European tour.
It means that the 31-year-old will not take part in the majority of next year's Super 15 games, in which he is contracted to the Crusaders.
Carter believes the plan will help him focus on his preparations for the next World Cup.
"Ultimately, I want to play in the next Rugby World Cup in 2015. To do that, it's important that I put myself in the best possible position, both physically and mentally," he said.
He explained that the game takes its toll on the body and with a few nagging injury concerns, now was the right time to take action to prolong his career.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said that it was a positive move for both the player and his country.
Before the All Blacks travel to Europe, they will play in the 2013 Investec Rugby Championship against Australia, South Africa and Argentina.