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Not bad for a “young little bogan from Southbridge”.

Rugby icon Dan Carter, arguably the greatest player in the history of the game, elaborated on his reasons for retiring in an exclusive interview on the first edition of Stan Sport’s Rugby Heaven show Tuesday night.

The All Blacks legend marked his fairytale career on Saturday after winning two Rugby World Cups and finishing the streets ahead as the top scorer in test history (1598, second best is Jonny Wilkinson with 1246).

At 38, Carter has achieved pretty much everything in the game and decided not to have another crack at Super Rugby Aotearoa after turning the water on for the Blues last season.

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“It was a pretty easy decision at the end,” Carter told the Rugby Heaven panel.

“They were forced to come back from Japan because of the pandemic, they canceled the season there, got a little taste of Super Rugby Aotearoa last year, but didn’t play with the Blues and realized that I just don’t have the motivation and desire to play here in New Zealand and I don’t want to play overseas.

“So took a little time last year and this year decided to make it official this weekend.

“I dragged it around as long as I could, I had some good clashes against the boys next to you (Justin Harrison and Morgan Turinui) – I would have liked to play against Campo (David Campese) – but like them, you just know when the time is right.

“I have felt it over the past few months.”

Carter has been quite calm and polite throughout his professional career, but has claimed to be a bit rough around the edges before some top coaches took him on.

“I have to thank Robbie Deans, he was the first coach to give me a pro chance with the Crusaders and then he coached me with John Mitchell in the All Blacks,” Carter said.

“So they showed a lot of confidence in this young little bogan from Southbridge by giving me a chance at such a young age.

“So I always wanted to thank Robbie for his confidence in me.

“And then Wayne Smith, he’s probably the best coach I’ve ever had.

“His work ethic, his understanding of the game, the way he really challenges the players.

“I started working with him in 2004 and until last year, 2020, when I was playing for the Kobe Steelers, he coached me there.

“So he played an important role in my career.”

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Carter chose his first and last tests as the highlights of his career – with some turbulence in between.

The All Blacks bombed the 2003 and 2007 World Cups after starting as favorites and while Carter has a 2011 winner’s medal he missed significant games with injury.

“So just to commit to my post-2015 future, I knew this would be the last time I would put on the black jersey and end up like a fairy tale… in sports, ending like that on your own. terms are not guaranteed, ”Carter said.

“And against a pretty strong team of Wallabies who were doing all they could to stop us from making history that day.

“So being able to overcome that at such a level and sign on my own terms was a real highlight for me.”

Carter also thanked the great Kiwi and Stan Sport expert Andrew Mehrtens for his tutelage.

“It’s a shame Mehrts wasn’t tonight because during my teenage years he was someone I really admired, I had all of his posters on my bedroom wall,” Carter said.

“And it was pretty weird to be honest, when I started playing for Canterbury and the Crusaders and sat down next to my idol Mehrts, it was kinda weird.

“I kind of followed him for the first year or two, just taking all of his tips and learning from the old master.

“The first few years I played at 12, so I got to play alongside him, which was fun and I learned a lot.”

Carter had no real regrets looking back on his career, but said he would have loved playing with the late Jonah Lomu and against Campese.

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