The Project: Former All Black Dan Carter opens up about retirement, regrets

Rugby legend and former All Blacks first-five Dan Carter told The Project he now regrets putting rugby ahead of his family, in a revealing interview.  

It comes as the All Blacks are set to play a friendly warm-up match against the Springboks in Twickenham, England on Saturday.  

And of course, the World Cup veteran was humble.

"I'm happy to do an interview, as long as there's at least a metre-and-a-half between us," he told The Project's Jeremy Corbett.  

He told Corbett he knew he couldn't play rugby forever, and said he now regrets putting rugby ahead of his family.  

"In a weird way, when I was so fixated on being the best rugby player I possibly could, there were times where you were kind of putting the family second," he said.  

"Then through the pandemic, when we're all in lockdown, it kind of put everything into perspective a little bit more.

"Why am I playing? Why am I chasing?"  

Carter told The Project he soon realised the kids didn't care whether he was playing rugby at the highest level, which led to his retirement.

"They just wanted me around. So it was pretty obvious at that time that it was time to hang up the boots. And I did exactly that."  

Carter's new book, titled The Art of Winning, came out last month too.  

Watch the full interview above.