Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
Global Global
NZ NZ

Dan Carter is returning to France to play rugby - reports

By James Harrington
Dan Carter. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Dan Carter has agreed a deal to return to former club Racing 92 until the end of the Top 14 season, according to reports in France.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 36-year-old could rejoin the club on a medical joker contract, RMC Sport reported on Friday.

The club is remaining tight-lipped about Carter’s reported impending arrival at their Plessis-Robinson training ground – and the sports news broadcaster’s claims on Friday run contrary to a statement it received from Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti 24 hours earlier. He told them: “It will not happen.”

But, a source at the club has told RMC that officials are merely waiting for a ‘discharge letter’ before confirming the move.

Any deal would be dependent on his temporary release from Japan’s Top League champions Kobelco Steelers. But, behind the scenes, Racing are said to be quietly confident the paperwork will be sorted quickly. It could mean Carter, who was named the Top League’s player of the season, may celebrate his 37th birthday on March 5 in Paris.

And, with Racing due to face French rivals Toulouse in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup at La Defense Arena on March 31, he could yet fill the one hole in his medal collection – a European title.

He would return to the Steelers in time for the start of the new season in Japan.

Racing have been looking for cover at fly-half since Lambie was forced to call a premature end to his career in January due to the ongoing effects of concussion. He had not played for the French club since leaving the pitch early in the Champions Cup final against Leinster last May.

Carter’s was among the early names mentioned as a possible medical joker replacement. The others were Toulon’s Francois Trinh-Duc, who has since agreed to join Racing on a two-year deal from next season, and Clermont’s Patricio Fernandez – who has instead opted to move to Lyon.

ADVERTISEMENT
Video Spacer
ADVERTISEMENT

Join free

Japan Rugby League One | Bravelupus v Eagles | Full Match Replay

Big Jim Show | Guinness Six Nations | England v Scotland

Vancouver SVNS - Day 2 - Full Replay

Vancouver SVNS - Day 1 - Full Replay

Life on Tour: 4

Wolfhounds v Clovers | Celtic Challenge 2024 | Full Match Replay

Boks Office | Jesse Kriel reveals the hardest team he had to play at the Rugby World Cup

Big Jim Walks and Talks with Handré Pollard

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Trending on RugbyPass

Comments

Join free and tell us what you really think!

Sign up for free
ADVERTISEMENT

Latest Features

Comments on RugbyPass

f
finn 4 hours ago
Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

I think there’s a lot of reasons this wouldn’t work, but if we’re just proposing fun things how about a “World Series” held the june/july following a world cup. The teams competing each four years would be: the current world champions The Pacific Islands The British & Irish Lions The World XV Barbarians FC to ensure all teams are fairly evenly matched, the current world champions would name their squad first; then The Pacific Islands would name next, and would be able to select any pacific qualified players not selected by the world champions, including players already “captured” by non-pacific nations who would otherwise have been eligible for selection (eg. Bundee Aki); the Lions would select next; and then The World XV and Barbarians FC would be left to fight over anyone not selected. Some people will point out that 5 teams is too many for a mid-year round robin, particularly as it would be nice to have a final as well; and they would be right! But because we’re just having fun here we’re going to innovate an entirely new format for rugby, where the round robin is played in one stadium over the course of one day, with each game lasting just 40 minutes with no half time or change of ends. The round robin decides the seedings for the knockouts, which are contested by all 5 teams in one stadium over the course of one day, according to the following schedule: Knockout Round 1: seed 5 v seed 4 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Quarter Final: winner of Round 1 v seed 3 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Semi Final: winner of Quarter Final v seed 2 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Final: winner of Semi Final v seed 1 (played as a standard 80 minute rugby match) for the round robin, teams would name a 15 man starting lineup and a 16 man bench. Substitutions during games can only be made for injuries, but any number of substitutions can be made between games. The same rules apply for the finals, except that we return to having a regular 8 man bench, and would allow substitutions as normal during the 80 minute final.

12 Go to comments
S
Simon 6 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

There are a few issues with the article. Despite somehow getting to a RWC semi final, England are nowhere near Probable status and should be swapped with Scotland on current form. France’s failure at RWC 23 has massively hit their mindset. Psychologically, they need a reset of gigantic proportions otherwise they will revert to, Top 14 first, international rugby an afterthought again. Ireland are allowed to play the way they are by less than acceptable officiating. Make no bones about it, with Easterby coaching, Ireland cheat, they break the rules at almost every facet of the game and generally referees, influenced by the media that Ireland are somehow playing the best rugby in the world, allow them. Scrums - Porter never pushes straight and immediately turns in. The flankers lose their binds and almost latch on to the opposition props. Rucks - they always and I mean always clear out from the side and take players out beyond the ball, effectively taking them out of being ready for the next phase. Not once do green shirts enter rucks from the rear foot. Referees should be made to look at the video of the game against Wales and see that Irish backs and forwards happily enter rucks from the side to effect a clearout, thus giving them the sub 3 second ruck speed everybody dreams about. They also stand in offside positions at rucks to ‘block’ opposing players from making clear tackles allowing the ball carrier to break the gainline almost every time. They then turn and are always ahead of play and therefore enter subsequent rucks illegally. Mauls - there is always a blocker between the ball catcher and the opposition. It is subtle but it is there. Gatland still needs to break the shackles and allow his team a bit more freedom to play rugby. He no longer has a team of 16 stone plus players who batter the gainline. He has to adapt and be more thoughtful in attack. Scotland are playing well but they have the creaky defence that leaks tries.

23 Go to comments
FEATURE
FEATURE Our friends in the North Our friends in the North
Search