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Dan Carter expected to sign with Japanese Top League club

Dan Carter

Dan Carter is expected to finish his playing career in Japan next year, according to French reports.

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The bi-weekly rugby newspaper Midi-Olympique has reported the 112-test All Black will take up a lucrative deal with a Japanese team following the end of his contract with Racing 92 this year.

The deal is expected to take Carter through to the end of his playing career.

The Robbie Deans-coached Panasonic Wild Knights are one of the Top League’s premier clubs and would be an ideal fit for Carter, having coached the Crusaders whilst Carter was there, although they also have former Wallaby Berrick Barnes on the roster.

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Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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