America's Cup 2021: All Blacks legend Dan Carter lends expertise to INEOS Team UK

With the start of the pre-America's Cup regatta just three days away, there are major concerns for the British challenge. 

INEOS Team UK have been slammed back home - their boat described as a 'lame duck' -  as technical issues have kept them off the water.

But while they haven't been able to get their boat into action, the team did get wet via some sweat after a game of touch rugby with All Black legend Dan Carter.

"He shared his experiences of high pressure sporting situations and talked in great length about the Rugby World Cup final in 2015 and how he dealt with that," Grinder Freddie Carr tells Newshub.  

"Every cloud has a silver lining, I guess."

With boats travelling at breakneck speeds, there's no doubt team members will be under pressure to work together like never before, which is where Carter's expertise becomes so valuable.

"We just had questions to him around the culture within the All Blacks and how they work together, not only as the starting fifteen, but the wider group," Carr adds.

"A lot of those lessons transfer over to us."

While fans will get their first glimpse at what impact that's had at the four-day Christmas regatta starting Thursday, Carr doesn't think teams will be showing their hand completely.

"I think the sailing we'll see next week you'll see people sailing 90 to 95 percent," Carr says.

Carr's confident they're on track, despite their technical problems.

"It's safe to say we'll stick to sailing and not kicking rugby balls. We were pretty useless at that," he laughs. 

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