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Carter signs All Blacks deal

Published 19/05/2011 | 05:00

The All Blacks' talismanic fly-half Dan Carter has signed a four-year contract to stay in New Zealand.

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The New Zealand Rugby Union had been desperately trying to keep Carter in the country and admitted they were "flexible" with the player, who had been courted by a number of overseas clubs.

The 29-year-old is set to remain with the Crusaders, as well as the All Blacks, until the 2015 World Cup, with the contract including an option allowing him a sabbatical.

This could mean Carter playing in Europe in the off-season, as he has done in France previously.

Carter said: "It's been a tough decision. I'm relieved and really excited about re-signing with New Zealand -- it's a special moment.

"I guess the underlining factor is the black jersey. It means a lot to me and the more I thought about potentially playing overseas, and not being able to represent my country and wear that black jersey, was pretty challenging."

Carter, the most capped All Black first five-eighth with 79 Tests, said the 2015 World Cup was also a big temptation.

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