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Carter Plays Down World Cup Talk

Carter Plays Down World Cup Talk

New Zealand legend Dan Carter has played down claims that he could feature at the World Cup later this year. The 37-year-old hasn’t played international rugby with the All Blacks since the 2015 World Cup final and he isn’t currently contracted to New Zealand Rugby.

But Damian McKenzie’s season-ending injury has seen Carter linked with a shock return to the international stage ahead of the World Cup in Japan. The fly-half is currently contracted to Kobelco Steelers and insists his main focus is on getting fit for the Japanese outfit after undergoing surgery on his back.

“I was having a laugh at that when I heard my name being thrown around,” Carter told Fairfax Media on Wednesday after receiving the New Zealand Order of Merit in Auckland. “I think I can start contact training again in October. So I might be right for the semi-final or final. The first tackle in a big game like that would be quite entertaining. “My focus is on recovering from this with the hope of finishing off my contract in Japan.”

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