Wednesday 20 June 2018


The Racing 92 fly-half and All Blacks legend is in the hot seat

QDid you always know you wanted to be a rugby player?

Yes! Ever since I was five years old and saw the All Blacks win the 1987 Rugby World cup in New Zealand. I love to be the hardest worker, and that's exactly what it takes to play at the highest level, so it suits me and my personality.

QIf you hadn't played professionally, what do you think you might have done career-wise?

Probably worked in the fitness industry, or joined my Dads business as a builder back home in Christchurch, NZ.

QWho has been your greatest opponent on the pitch?

Former England captain and Toulon player Jonny Wilkinson.

QAnd your favourite team to play against?

Australia, because if you lose you just never hear the end of it!

QWho have you admired on the Ireland squad over the years?

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.

QWhat are you most proud about in your career thus far?

The first time I got to wear the All Blacks jersey back in 2003. But winning the 2015 World Cup in my final game for the All Blacks was pretty nice too!

QHow have you found the fame that comes with playing rugby for the most well known team in the world?

It was quite tough, having people recognising me all the time at first. But you slowly get used to it and there are a lot more positives than negatives that come with playing for the All Blacks,

QHow do you use your fame for good?

I do a lot of charity work, including starting up a foundation with Richie McCaw and Ali Williams to give back to junior sport in New Zealand. And recently I was in Dublin to launch the Foroige Youth Citisenship Awards in partnership with Aldi, which is happening on July 2nd.

QDo you think there will ever be a time in your life that you're not involved with rugby, and have you made any retirement plans yet?

Probably not because it's what I love and no, not yet! I do enjoy the commercial side of sport though.

QHow do you relax and unwind in your down time?

I love to spend time with my two sons, Marco and Fox. I also enjoy paddle boarding and shopping!

QAre you a foodie? What kind of things do you like to eat?

I love food. My favourite cuisine is Japanese because I love sushi, but I eat anything - well almost anything! Now being based in Paris playing for Racing, it's the culinary captial of the world and I have some of the best restaurants on my doorstep.

QWhere's the best place in the world that you've travelled to?

I loved Rio in Brazil when I was there for Carnival week. It's such a fun, vibrant and beautiful place to go.

QWhat are your plans for the rest of 2016?

I'd like to continue playing good footy for my new club Racing 92 in Paris where one of my coaches is one of your rugby greats, Ronan O'Gara, and then enjoy my month off after the season where I'll be spending my first summer in Europe.

Dan Carter was in Dublin last month to launch the Foroige Youth Citizenship Awards in partnership with Aldi.

Irish Independent

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