Three years ago the All Blacks and Carter made history by becoming the first country to defend the World Cup but now the greatest points scorer in the history of the sport is tipping his hat to the current team.
Carter said at a Mastercard event in Tokyo:”The rugby world has seen what the All Blacks have done since the 2015 World Cup when we had a fantastic campaign in England, but I personally feel they have got stronger.
“The speed that they are playing the game in the last couple of years has been a lot faster than other teams.
“But, we don’t often get the chance to come up against northern hemisphere teams a lot… so this is a great test for the All Blacks, just to see where they are at.
“I just think the speed at which the All Blacks play the game might just be a little bit too much for England to live with them for 80 minutes.”
Beauden Barrett now wears the No10 jersey and has already matched Carter’s 24 test tries for the All Blacks although he has been criticised for his kicking from the tee.”I think what differentiates him from other 10s around the world is his attacking mindset and just having, not only the skills, but more importantly the speed that he has to create these opportunities,” said Carter.
“The opposition can have all the momentum and putting all the pressure on the All Blacks, and then a moment of brilliance from a guy like Beaudy, who is fast enough to get through gaps that not many other players can, can just turn the game.”
Carter currently plays his club rugby in Japan for Kobe Steel and is backing the World Cup hosts to make an impact next year adding; “They have the team, the players, the coaching staff to cause these upsets. I would love to see them in the quarter-finals, the play-off stages, of the World Cup next year.”
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