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Dan Carter Names His Dream XV

by Saba Gulmagarashvili

Dan Carter’s Dream Team is capable of defeating any rugby squad from any generation.

With 1,598 points from 112 caps, he is the all-time leading points scorer in international rugby history. With a total of 1,708 points for the Crusaders, the influence of the fly-half on the game cannot be overstated.

Injuries led him to miss the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, but he finished his Test career on a high note, producing a Man of the Match performance in 2015 final to lead the All Blacks to victory. An appropriate send-off.

HALFBACKS:

Jonny Wilkinson (England)
Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

“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.”

Carters Comment on Wilkinson
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FRONT-ROW:

Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)
Dane Coles (New Zealand)
Olo Brown (New Zealand)

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BACK-THREE:

Ben Smith (New Zealand)
Bryan Habana (South Africa)
Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)

“He was the toughest player. I played against him once, I was 19-year-old and tried to tackle him, kinda woke up five metres back. He changed the game of rugby.”

Carters Comment on Lomu
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BACK-ROW:

Schalk Burger (South Africa)
Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
Thierry Dusautoir (France)

“A real competitor and absolute top bloke off the field as well. His mindset was a little bit different when he was out there competing. That just made him such a tough opponent to come up against.”

Carters Comment on Burger

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

Carters Comment on Dusautoir 

“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!”

Carters Comment on McCaw
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SECOND-ROW:

Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

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CENTRES:

Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

“Two giants of the game that have worn the green jersey were Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll. Their work rate and how they conducted themselves on and off the pitch was exemplary.”

Carters Comment on O’Driscoll
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