All Blacks hero Dan Carter, a Nominee for the 2016 Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award, reveals that he was persuaded to carry on playing, when he was considering retiring ahead of the Rugby World Cup. In an interview with Laureus ahead of the World Sports Awards, Carter says: ‘Though not many people noticed, I was pretty close to retiring from the game, but through friends and family, coaches and team-mates, they gave me a lot of confidence to stick at it and give it one more crack.’ He became the star of the All Blacks team which won back-to-back Rugby World Cups and which has now been nominated for the World Team of the Year Award. In the interview, Carter also talks about his new career with Racing 92 in France.
Carter says: ‘It’s nice to be recognised for the year I had in 2015. It was very special, not only for me, but for the All Blacks and to be a part of that was amazing.’ Carter tells the full story behind his very last All Blacks conversion, in the Rugby World Cup Final, which he took with the wrong foot, saying: ‘It’s a very strong, tough, demanding competition. I want to contribute to the success of Racing which hasn’t won any titles in the last few years.’ On rumours of ever crossing the Atlantic, he says: ‘I went to visit the Patriots and they had done their homework and worked out I’d kicked a few goals with a rugby ball, so they showed a bit of interest. If I stick to my retirement plan, then it might well be, but I’m very happy just playing rugby at the moment.’