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All Blacks legend Dan Carter is set to finish his career in Japan with the Kobelco Steelers in the Japan Top League, as sources informed Kyodo News on Thursday.

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Signing with Kobe Steelers would see Carter reunite with Andy Ellis, his longtime halfback partner with both the All Blacks and the Crusaders, along with former Wallaby star Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Former Wallabies and Queensland Reds attack coach Jim McKay is the head coach at Kobe.

The Steelers also have a relationship with Wayne Smith, a former coach with both New Zealand and the Crusaders Super Rugby side, and wear playing kit made by Adidas, who have a sponsorship deal with Carter.

Kobe were the first ever Top League champions in 2003-04 and finished fourth in the 2016/17 season. They are currently second on the table this season. The signing of Carter would further strengthen their status as title contenders.

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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