Dan Carter's top 5 players: Jonny Wilkinson and Richie McCaw selected

Jonny Wilkinson was someone I really looked up to, I was gutted I never played with Jonah Lomu and thankfully I was never on the opposite side to Richie McCaw… Dan Carter’s top 5 players after hanging up his boots

  • EXCLUSIVE: Dan Carter retires! All Blacks legend reflects on World Cup glory 
  • The All Blacks legend is widely regarded as the best No 10 of all time 
  • He chooses his top five stars with former England star Jonny Wilkinson selected

Dan Carter has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.

The All Blacks legend is widely regarded as the best No 10 of all time after winning a Lions series, two World Cups and becoming the highest points-scorer in Test rugby.

Exclusively revealing the news in Sportsmail, the 38-year-old said the decision was accelerated by the impact of the pandemic. ‘I came back to New Zealand (from Japan) because of Covid and that put everything in perspective,’ he said. ‘I needed to be all in, but I just didn’t have that drive any more.

‘I took a few months to chew it over. The more time I spent with my family, the more I realised I’ve clocked off. Now is the time to commit to that decision.’

Here, the All Blacks legend picks out his top five players… 

All Blacks legend Dan Carter has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect

He bowled me over about 5m when I tried to tackle him in one of my first games. A superstar. Gutted I never played with him.

Jonah Lomu bowled me over about 5m when I tried to tackle him in one of my first games

Schalk Burger

An absolute beast. I felt like I had a target on me every time I played the Springboks.

I felt like I had a target on me every time I played the Springboks because of Schalk Burger

Thierry Dusautoir

He had some blinding games in big moments — none more so than in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup games against the All Blacks.

Thierry Dusautoir (C) had some blinding games in big moments, including against All Blacks

Jonny Wilkinson

Someone I really looked up to and I tried to have a similar work ethic. The 2005 Lions tour was a bit of a fanboy moment for me.

Jonny Wilkinson was someone I really looked up to and I tried to have a similar work ethic

Richie McCaw 

I learnt a lot from playing alongside my old mate. A real leader and took us to back-to-back World Cups. Thank God I was never on the opposite side!

I learnt a lot from playing alongside Richie McCaw. A real leader and took us to two World Cups




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