|Dan Carter and the Webb Ellis Cup [Source]|
It has been four years since the worst of his career injuries and even though he was still able to walk away with the 2011 Rugby World Cup winners’ medal but winning the title on the field is much better than watching your teammates win the title for you. Although, I believe, winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup would've been easier for New Zealand if he was fit to play in the final.
Since then he was already written off by media pundits and fans alike. It doesn't help that the injury in 2011 was followed by a series of injuries that limited his game time with both the Crusaders and the All Blacks.
By the time the Rugby World Cup was just around the corner, he was already the second or third choice fly-half for the national team. Still, the Cruden and Sopoaga fanboys don't think he's good enough:
"He's too old."
"He's not taking it to the line."
"He's putting his back line under pressure."
"His kicks are pointless."
"He needs to throw inside balls."
In the era of childish sports tribalism where sports legends are continually disrespected by fanboys and bandwagons, Carter was very much revered outside of New Zealand but at home, half of his countrymen are too blinded with their provincial fanboyism and just keep bagging him for the last four years. If he's having a brilliant game, they credit "team effort" but one small mistake the idiots exaggerate that small error.
When Carter took over the Rugby World Cup final there's still some idiot out there who refuse to credit him for what he achieved. I guess some people's Tall Poppy Syndrome disease is just a lot worse than others.
|Carter scored 19 points including a 40-metre drop goal and a 50-metre penalty goal in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final [Source]|
Greatest Fly-Half in History:
Dan Carter is definitely the greatest fly-half in rugby union history. He holds the world record for the most points scored in test matches, the most tries converted in test matches and the most penalty goals scored. He belongs to the greatest generation of rugby players New Zealand ever produced and that group of players (Carter, Richie McCaw, Kevin Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Conrad Smith, and Ma'a Nonu) won multiple Tri-Nations and Four Nations Rugby Championships, Bledisloe Cup victories, three Grand Slam tours, and two Rugby World Cup titles.
Some people argued that he's not the Greatest Fly-Half in Rugby History. They thought Johnny Wilkinson is the greatest ever because he played for a team that were not as good in scoring as the All Blacks and thus, his (Wilkinson) points were far more important than Carter's. The Wilkinson fanboys didn't think about the quality of opponents that the All Blacks faced every single year. Wilkinson scored most of his points against Northern Hemisphere teams that will never, or yet to win, a Rugby World Cup whilst Dan Carter scored most of his points against two of the best teams in the world (the Wallabies and the Springboks).
Awards and Achievements:
- 2004 NZRU Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year winner
- 2004 Rebel Sport Super 12 Player of the Year winner
- 2005 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Player of the Year winner
- 2005 NZRU Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year winner
- 2005 Halberg New Zealand Sportsman of the Year nominee
- 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year winner
- 2006 IRB World Player of the Year nominee
- 2008 IRB World Player of the Year nominee
- 2012 IRB World Player of the Year winner
- Super Rugby Centurion (2003-2015)
- All Blacks Test Centurion (2003-2015)
- 2015 Rugby World Cup Finals MVP (Man of the Match: New Zealand vs. Australia at Twickenham, 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, October 31, 2015)
- 2015 Rugby World Cup Dream XV (Team of the Tournament)
- 2015 World Rugby Player of the Year winner
- 2002 IRB World Under-19 Championship semi-finallists
- 2002 Super Rugby Development champions
- National Provincial Champions (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Ranfurly Shield Holder [2000-03 (23), 2004-06 (14), 2007 (1), 2009 (4), 2010-11 (2)]
- Super Rugby champions (2005, 2006, 2008)
- Super Rugby finalists (2003, 2004, 2011, 2014)
- Super Rugby New Zealand Conference champions (2011, 2014)
- French Top 14 champions (2009)
- Bledisloe Cup holder (2003-2015)
- 2003 Rugby World Cup bronze medallists
- Tri-Nations Rugby Championship winners (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
- Four Nations Rugby Championship winners (2012, 2013)
- New Zealand Home Nations Grand Slam Tour (2005, 2008, 2010)
- 2004 England Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
- 2005 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
- 2007 France Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
- 2007 Rugby World Cup quarterfinalists
- 2008 England Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
- 2010 Wales Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
- 2011 Rugby World Cup champions
- 2012 Ireland Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
- 2013 France Tour of New Zealand Series Winner
- 2015 Rugby World Cup champions
- Most Points Scored in Super Rugby (1708 points)
- Most Conversion in Super Rugby (279 conversion)
- Most Penalties in Super Rugby (297 penalties)
- Most International Test Points (1598 points)
- Most International Test Conversion (293 conversion)
- Most International Test Penalties (282 penalties)
- Most Test Conversion in Rugby World Cup history (58 conversions)
- Most Capped All Black First Five Eighth
- Most Test tries scored by an All Black First Five (29 tries)
|Greatest Team Ever: Four World Rugby Player of the Year award winners, five Test Centurions and one Rugby World Cup [Source]|