Carter not considering World Cup return
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."
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