All Blacks great Dan Carter has announced his retirement from professional rugby.
The 38-year-old announced his retirement via his social media pages. His retirement comes 32 years after he first featured in the game.
Carter is the highest point scorer in test match rugby, and is considered by many experts as the greatest ever fly-half in the history of the game.
He was named the International Rugby Board Player of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2015. He has won three Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and nine Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks.
He also won the world cup in 2011 and 2015 and he is among the All Blacks tests centurions.
“I’ve thought about this on so many occasions but today is the day and I am very grateful that I can do it on my terms,” Carter wrote.
“I’m officially retiring from professional rugby. A sport I’ve played for 32 years which has helped shape me into the person I am today.”
“I can’t thank everyone who has played a part in my journey enough – from my team mates, opponents, coaching and management teams, sponsors and in particular you, the fans.
“A special mention to my friends and family who have supported and guided me through my career. Mum and Dad, thank you for everything you have sacrificed for me.
“My wife Honor for being my rock and allowing me to fulfill my dreams while raising our beautiful family – I can’t thank you enough. I’m excited about my next chapter in life and what that will look like.
“For now, I’m sad to walk away from playing but the timing is right. Rugby will always be a part of my life. Thank you.”
Carter signed for Blues last season but failed to make an appearance due to injuries.