ESPN SCRUM

/ News

Super Rugby
Dan Carter makes Crusaders return
ESPN Staff
June 29, 2014
Carter played half an hour for the Crusaders on Saturday © Getty Images
Enlarge

Dan Carter made his return to professional rugby as a second-half substitute for the Crusaders in their 16-9 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Carter, who had taken a six-month break from the game, played the final half hour of the crucial Super Rugby fixture but was unable to prevent the Crusaders going down to their New Zealand conference rivals the Hurricanes.

"It all became quite real that I was back when I was warming up and I just wanted to get out there and play," Carter told the Rugby Paper. "I was a bit nervous. This last week was my first training with the squad in terms of the game plan so I was on edge a little bit and doing plenty of extra homework."

The defeat leaves the Crusaders third in the overall Super Rugby table but level on points with fourth-placed the Highlanders, with the Hurricanes just one point behind in fifth. Carter, the world record international points scorer with 1440, found himself in the unusual position of not scoring a single point in the game.

The fly-half took a six-month break from rugby to be fit for the World Cup next autumn. He is targeting the first Rugby Championship fixture against Australia on August 16 as a date for his international comeback.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Chinese GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Snooker - China Open
    Tennis - Miami Open
  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Breakdown confusing: New Zealand Rugby chief

    New Zealand officials want greater clarity about the breakdown, for both fans and players, as part of World Rugby's post-World Cup review of the Laws of the Game

  • Rugby

    Jerome Kaino re-signs with New Zealand Rugby

    All Blacks back-rower Jerome Kaino has bucked the trend of many of his Test team-mates and opted to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby through to the end of 2018.

  • Rugby

    Super Rugby flavour to New Zealand Under 20s

    New Zealand have named seven Super Rugby-contracted players in their Under-20 squad for a key warm-up tournament ahead of the Junior World Championship

  • Football

    'Nice guy' Van Gaal insists he is a flexible manager

    Louis van Gaal is adamant he is no dictator - as Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney described his manager as a nice guy

  • Rugby

    Hughes set to face disciplinary panel after North clash

    Nathan Hughes will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Tuesday following the incident which saw the Wasps forward sent off and Northampton's George North taken off on a stretcher last Friday

  • News
  • Features

Sponsored Links

Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income