Dan Carter

Former All Black Dan Carter tops Instagram's rugby earners

Carter is the highest paid global rugby player for his Instagram, earning up to $4,969.25 on average per Instagram post, according to  Liverugbytickets.co.uk.

The top three rugby players on Instagram are all from New Zealand, Sonny Bill Williams at $4083 per post and the Kiwi-born Quade Cooper at $2700 per post.

Australia's Nick 'Honeybadger' Cummins earns on average $1,923, since he appeared as Australian Rugby's first bachelor.

Dan Carter's warning to Eddie Jones' players ahead of Twickenham test

Carter featured in four World Cups for the All Blacks, winning two of them in 2011 and 2015.

His last game for New Zealand was in the 2015 World Cup final at Twickenham when New Zealand beat Australia 34-17.

Sunday's clash will be the first time since the final that the All Blacks have played in England, and the first time taking on the Red Roses since 2014.

Carter feels the All Blacks' fast-paced game has taken them to greater heights and will trouble England when the two teams face off for the first time since 2014.

Carter racing to be fit for French semis

Carter missed Racing's 15-12 defeat to Leinster in Bilbao due to a hamstring injury but could be fit to face either Toulouse or Castres in Lyon on May 26 in the Top 14 semi-final, according to backs coach Laurent Labit.

If not available in two weeks' time, Carter, who will leave the French side for Kobelco Steelers in Japan at the season's end, is "sure" to be fit for the June 3 final in Paris, Labit said.

Carter fined for drink driving

The 35-year-old two-time World Cup winner who plays at Paris club Racing 92 was arrested in February on charges that can carry custodial sentences of two years.

Carter, who played 112 Tests for New Zealand, lost a sponsorship with Land Rover over the incident, which dented his image as one of rugby's most marketable players.

The athlete was pulled over and breathalysed in Paris' chic 17th arrondissement and returned a reading showing a level of 0.87mg/l, which would see a driver lose six points from their licence.

All Blacks great Dan Carter 'not well' at Racing 92

The rugby star this month signed a two-year deal with the Kobe Steelers in Japan, starting in June when the current French season ends.

But Carter has appeared out-of-sorts in recent times, French journalist Catherine Field told NewstalkZB on Tuesday, with him cutting a sorry figure during his last appearance for the Paris club, in October. 

"He's not well, even if you talk to the man who owns the club. Dan Carter is 35 years old, has played rugby most of his life, his body is telling him it is time to take it easy," Field said.

Carter's Japan deal blasted

Boudjellal had promised plenty of strong opinion in his new forum on Eurosport and he didn't disappoint with his opening effort.

Carter, with his ageing body, has decided against extending his contract at glamour Paris club Racing 92 and instead has signed a two-year deal with the Kobe Steelers, starting once the current French season ends in June next year.

Carter off to Japan - report

The bi-weekly rugby newspaper Midi-Olympique has reported the 112-test All Black will leave Paris club Racing 92 in June to take up a lucrative deal with a Japanese team.

The 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract at Racing 92 and is reportedly close to agreeing which Japanese club he'll sign with, for what's likely to be his last contract as a professional player.

Carter left New Zealand rugby after the successful 2015 World Cup campaign and last year helped his club win the Top 14, defeating Toulon in the final. 

Carter tipped to retire

Another calf injury prevented Carter from playing in the Top 14 last weekend.

The All Blacks great had only just returned from a month's absence the week before with critics suggesting he "lacked rhythm, accuracy and was very far from the flamboyant and precise starter that led the club to championship glory in 2016".

The 35-year-old has managed just three Top 14 games this season and Racing have already moved to bolster his position by signing Springboks star Pat Lambie.

Carter absent for French loss

La Rochelle - France's minor premiers last season - celebrated a 16-9 home win over Racing 92 in a seventh round match on Sunday.

Carter has not played for three weeks and his absence prompted L'Equipe newspaper rugby writer Richard Escot to speculate that Racing were "undoubtedly preserving" Carter and former Springbok Patrick Lambie for upcoming European Cup matches against the Leicester Tigers and Irish province Munster.

Maxime Machenaud, who replaced Carter at first five-eighths, scored all Racing's points with three penalties to ensure a defensive bonus point.

Carter 'sick' over drink-driving

The two-time World Cup winning first five-eighth, who moved to France to play for Racing 92 at the end of 2015, told the the Devlin Radio Show thinking about the February incident made him "feel sick". 

"I felt like I let a lot of people down and still feel pretty sick about it," he said.

"It's not about the punishment that the judge gives you or the fine or anything like that, it's actually the potential consequences that really hit home for you. It actually made me feel sick and it makes me feel sick now, thinking and talking about it."