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Toulon owner lashes out at Dan Carter in newspaper column

By RugbyPass
Mourad Boudjellal

The always outspoken Mourad Boudjellal has started a new column with Eurosport this week and already has taken aim at one player, Dan Carter.


Boudejella had promised he would not hold back with his views and so, Carter, a current Racing 92 player and two times former World Cup winner with New Zealand was on the end of a severe tongue lashing, with the Toulon boss, for taking a big money deal with the Koebe Stealers in Japan.


“Dan Carter told us this week that he is 35, 36, and is leaving for Japan,” said Boudejella. “But it must also be said that there is a beautiful financial project in a league where there are 10 matches including eight to play against one-legged players.

“This is not something that makes a rugby player dream of going to Japan. This is just dreaming of his tax inspector. It is normal that he wanted, for his old age, to have a more juicy contract.”

The Toulon boss, who has himself been criticised in the past over players’ big salary fees, added that he believed the move also happened because Carter would have seen a ‘significant drop’ in his  Racing 92 pay.

With the departure of Carter, Racing 92 have made two big signings themselves, with South Africa’s Pat Lambie joining the side and also young Scotland No 10 Finn Russell will join from Glasgow Warriors at the end of the current season.


Carter, 35, who is at the backend of his career, will join the Steelers following the end of the current season having helped his side to the Top 14 title in 2016. He will also link up with former Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks halfback Andy Ellis at the Japanese club.


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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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