In Summary
  • Carter played 112 times for New Zealand and remains the highest points-scorer in Test history.
  • He moved to Racing in 2015, winning the prestigious Top 14 in his first season and helping the team reach the European Champions Cup final in 2016 — a first for the club and "a huge achievement" for Carter.

HONG KONG

All Blacks great Dan Carter dropped a clear hint that he will retire in 2020 after his upcoming stint in Japan — but said he had no ambitions to coach his world-beating national team.

Speaking to AFP in Hong Kong, where Carter arrived this week with his French club Racing 92, for the Natixis Cup exhibition fixture against South Africa's Sharks, the 35-year-old said retirement was looming fast.

Carter, widely hailed as the best fly-half to grace the game, will see out this season with Racing before embarking on a two-year stint with Kobelco Steelers, which will straddle the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

"It's (retirement) obviously just around the corner... but exactly what I do, I'm not a hundred percent sure yet," he said, ahead of Saturday's game.

"But you know I'm still really enjoying playing and that's why I signed to play a couple more years in Japan so that'll take me through to 2020, sort of mid-2020... that's when my contract finishes in Japan."

Speculation has been high about Carter's plans after he stops playing but the two-time World Cup winner, now retired from national duty, said he had his eye on the commercial side of rugby, rather than coaching.

"I think immediately after rugby going straight into coaching you know, I don't think I'll be ready for that," he said, when asked about coaching the All Blacks.

"To be honest the coaches work harder than players. They're away every weekend for games, it's quite a big commitment."

'ONE-LEGGED PLAYERS'

Carter played 112 times for New Zealand and remains the highest points-scorer in Test history.

He moved to Racing in 2015, winning the prestigious Top 14 in his first season and helping the team reach the European Champions Cup final in 2016 — a first for the club and "a huge achievement" for Carter.

Though he has suffered a string of injuries in recent months, he says he is working hard to be fit and return to the team for the latter part of the season.

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