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Rugby Union

Carter not considering World Cup return

15th May 2019, 14:31 by Bobbie Jackson

Former New Zealand international Dan Carter insists he isn't planning to return to the fold for this year's World Cup.

The 37-year-old hasn't played international rugby with the All Blacks since the 2015 World Cup final and he isn't currently contracted to New Zealand Rugby.

But Damian McKenzie's season-ending injury has seen Carter linked with a shock return to the international stage ahead of the World Cup in Japan.

The fly-half is currently contracted to Kobelco Steelers and insists his main focus is on getting fit for the Japanese outfit after undergoing surgery on his back.

"I was having a laugh at that when I heard my name being thrown around," Carter told Fairfax Media on Wednesday after receiving the New Zealand Order of Merit in Auckland.

"I think I can start contact training again in October. So I might be right for the semi-final or final. The first tackle in a big game like that would be quite entertaining.

"My focus is on recovering from this with the hope of finishing off my contract in Japan."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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