Rugby: Dan Carter heading back to French club Racing 92

Former All Blacks first-five Dan Carter
Former All Blacks first-five Dan Carter. Photo credit: Getty

Former All Black Dan Carter is heading back to Racing 92 as an injury replacement after being released by Japan's Top League champions Kobelco Steelers, the French Top 14 club says.

The 36-year-old is expected to cover at first-five, as South African Pat Lambie was forced into retirement with ongoing effects of concussion.

"Carter is back," Racing 92 tweeted on Sunday, without elaborating.

Carter, who played for the Parisian club from 2015-18, won the World Cup twice with New Zealand in 2011 and 2015.

During his first stint with Racing, they twice finished runners-up in the European Champions Cup, although he missed last year's final against Leinster with injury.

He also helped them to the 2016 Top 14 title, beating Toulon 29-21 in the final, where he was named Man of the Match.

In December, he helped Kobelco Steelers to a 55-5 win over Suntory Sungoliath in the Japanese Top League final, converting five of their eight tries and adding a penalty.

He was named Most Valuable Player for the competition and finished as its top goal-kicker, with 862 percent success rate through the season.


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