After much speculation Dan Carter has finally confirmed his shift to France. The leading rugby star has signed up a 3 year contract deal with esteemed French rugby portal Racing Metro.
According to sources, Carter would be leaving post 2015 Rugby World. It’s a sad moment for his fans no doubt since the French sojourn would almost certainly imply conclusion of his storied rugby international career.
The 32-year-old star had been earlier expected to come out of his NZ squad post the World championship next year in England soil following severe bout with injuries. It would be Dan’s 2nd foray into France rugby post his agreement to a 7-month contract in 2008 with Perpignan but he could just manage to play 5 games prior to foot injury.
“It would be a truly exciting adventure for my family & myself”, stated Carter. “Having visited the French nation several times, including the tryst with Perpignan, I am quite aware of French culture as well as the rugby culture over there & it is something which I truly love.
“Besides, it’s my immediate future over there which is thrilling me at present. The coming year is bustling with big possibilities for me & I am eager to get into it.”
Dan has joined Aussie veteran Ashley-Cooper & erstwhile Wallabies skipper Horwill (James)- who would be joining English rugby portal Harlequins post World Cup 2015.
The very exodus from Australia and New Zealand is potential with further acceleration and there are reports that Ma’a Nonu, the inside centre from All Blacks, is fielding the overseas offers.
Both the nations have got selection policies which preclude the players from offshore from playing at national sides.
Dan’s move isn’t surprising given his continuous encounters with bad injuries since 2011 Rugby World where he couldn’t play for long for a severed groin muscle.
Ben Morgan has hailed the sizzling form of Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Gloucester Rugby in the inaugural European Rugby Challenge Cup for his call up to the England squad for the national side.
The English club has been flying high in Europe this season and lead the standings in Pool 5 with nine points already and according to Morgan, his selection for the England side just goes to show how the club’s new Director of Rugby David Humphreys has managed to pull together a side that largely underperformed in the last couple of seasons.
Morgan said that the entire squad is happy and in a very positive mood. And when one is enjoying the rugby, it tends to bring out the best in them. He added that there have call ups for national sides across all spectrums and not just England and that just shows how improved the team has been this season.
The Englishman is happy with the way things have gone and hopes this run of form continues for some time, adding that initially, the team took some time to adjust to the new coaching staff and their workings but now, they have settled into the grove, the results have been a reflection of that.
Morgan is also keen to carry that form for Gloucester Rugby onto the international stage as he looks to nail down his place in the side that is preparing itself for the Rugby World Cup on home soil next year.
He said that feels immense pride at being inducted into the England set up and he hopes that this run continues for a long time. He added that the atmosphere in the team is great and the new facilities have also gotten him very excited and he is looking ahead to a long run in England colors.
South Africa has been one of the dominant forces in men’s rugby along with Australia and the most powerful New Zealand side. They will be looking to impress one and all as they go up against Argentina in the Rugby Championship clash that is coming up within a few days time. Heyneke Meyer is the coach of the Springbok team which will be up against the Pumas. He has already announced his team ahead of the clash and the new player who will be making his debut is Damian De Allende. He will be strengthening the centre along with the team’s captain Jean De Villiers. Francs Malherbe and Eben Etzebeth will also feature in the starting lineup. They had missed a few matches owing to injury but are now fit to put up some good performances. Handre Pollard will be earning his second cap after he broke into the team due to some stellar performances with the Under 20 squad.
The Pumas have been able to defeat the Springboks only once in their seventeen encounters over the years. They will clearly have to play out of their skins in order to register another victory for the team. They will be going into the match quite well prepared from the practice matches against the French side. But so will the Springboks as they had some extra time to prepare owing to their early exit from the Super Rugby Championship. Bakkies Botha will be a constant threat to the Pumas du eto his all round abilities. The South African coach is banking on his new blood whereas the Argentines will look to benefit from their experienced players. It is tipped to be an exciting encounter as both the teams will be ready to prove a point to the fans in their respective countries.