Former All Blacks first-five Dan Carter is ready for his next career challenge, after undergoing successful neck surgery.
The 37-year-old went under the knife for a cervical spine problem, which was discovered
last month during a medical test with French club Racing 92.
Carter was expected to re-join the Paris-based side on a NZ$49,000 per month contract, after the retirement on Patrick Lambie, but the injury meant he was unable to play.
The 112-test All Black posted a picture of himself on Twitter, saying the surgery was a success.
"Another challenge to conquer!" he posted to his 623,000 followers. "Happy my neck surgery went well and now the long road to recovery starts."
Carter hopes to be fit in time for the start of the Japanese Top League in January.
Last season, Carter guided Kobe Kobelco to the title, and was named the Top League MVP, after leading goal-kicking stats.