Carter taking All Black fans for a ride

The Man in the Stand December 23, 2012, 10:49 am

Dan Carter is revered for often taking our collective breath away.

But if the substantial rumour that's doing the rounds now proves true, then I reckon Dan Carter is taking us for a ride.

The most respected rugby media in the UK are currently unanimous in their belief that Dan Carter is definitely keen to exercise the sabbatical clause in his 4 million dollar plus contract with the All Blacks, by playing in France.

Specifically, It's reported that Carter intends taking a six month break away from all rugby in New Zealand after the 2014 Northern Hemisphere concludes, similar to the sabbatical that Richie McCaw has just embarked upon.

But unlike McCaw, who is using his time away to rest up and hopefully prolong his stellar career, Carter appears to want to use his sabbatical to go on a cash-earning spree that will make him the richest player in world rugby.

In simple terms, Carter will be double-dipping by securing a king's ransom playing in France while still drawing upon his monster salary from the NZ Rugby Union.

Now this wouldn't be such dodgy behaviour to me if it wasn't clearly insinuated by rugby boss, Steve Tew when McCaw and Carter were re-signed by the NZRU 18 months ago, the sabbaticals stipulated in their four million dollar plus contracts were included to give these two superstars complete breaks away from playing rugby.

Lengthy breaks that were designed to re-energise their motivation and fitness levels and to significantly assist in making their participation in the 2015 World Cup a more likely possibility.

It certainly wasn't mentioned or remotely hinted at, that either of their heavily-sponsored holidays was to enable them to keep playing the game somewhere offshore and earn millions in the process.

Not surprisingly, the great Richie McCaw has stuck to the objective of the agreement.

Currently, the UK Press is stating that two of the richest French Clubs, Toulon and Racing Metro are involved in a bidding war to secure Carter's services, a scenario guaranteed to ensure the star first-five is offered an amount of money that breaks all previous records.

Dan Carter's management will undeniably be leading the charge.

In the past, they have pushed their man into such ventures as his poster-boy role for Jockey underwear and the ill-fated Gas fashion boutique ventures.

And I bet Carter and his ambitious minders get their way over this intended French foray.

Because however much Steve Tew is privately dismayed at Carter not honouring the main reasons why the sabbatical clause was offered by the NZRU, he won't want to rub a player up the wrong way given he probably still believes that NZ rugby needs more Carter than he needs them.

Dan Carter has become more and more injury-prone.

I reckon he should respect the obvious intent of why he was promised a sabbatical and show more respect.

Your thoughts please.

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  1. Pieman08:25pm Sunday 20th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    Canterbury mates, sack him like the Cheifs board.

  2. stinger05:54pm Saturday 19th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    Thats what happens in professional sport,even good guys become money grabbers. After all thats the name of the game now,chase the money,not the ball!

  3. Sullir12:16pm Saturday 19th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    Dan Carter's love of rugby has been waning for some time - don't leap all over him for wanting to capitalise on the sport as much as possible, after all he has given his all and come back after numerous hideous injuries - but everything has a limit and I reckon he has almost reached his. Thanks for the memories Dan.

  4. Pragmatist05:43pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    You kiwis have #$%$ for brains. Carter can do whatever his contrcat allows him to do and as for loyalty that disappeared the day the sport became professional. Wisen up dweebs.

  5. Hohepa03:16pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    Dan has been frequently "on leave" and needs to nurse his body for a few more seasons to really capitalize on his talents and don't forget he sustained heavy losses through his failed fashion venture.

  6. 06:43pm Friday 11th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    if the purpose of the sabbatical clause was to get a break n recharge then if i was dan i would only use it like Richie, to prolong my ABs career.. however he is a pro and its not a bad idea to make as much as u can while u can and NZRU should have put it in the contract that the clause can only be used to take a break, and put in writing that it would be a break from rugby rather than a break from NZ rugby... and none of this NZ rugby needs carter more than he needs NZ rugby.. no one is above the game and no player is above the team.. a "one set of rules for all" attitude is probably best, in my opinion

  7. Lando04:14pm Wednesday 09th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    Make hay while the sun shines, I say. Go for it Dan and good luck, Make as much money as you can and to hell with the (probably envious) critics.

  8. BamBam05:01pm Monday 07th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    I'm a fan, he's not taking me for a ride. In fact I hope he kills that pay packet BIG TIME. All the best DC.

  9. Gregory04:49pm Monday 07th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    Owen and Earl, pretty sure he is in the official World Cup winning photo and has the medal to prove you wrong. What is wrong with you guys.

  10. Earl11:24pm Saturday 05th January 2013 NZDTReport Abuse

    Owen is right. didnt need him to win the last world cup. so he may aswell milk all he can lucky #$%$




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