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PARIS, March 9, 2016 – All Blacks hero Dan Carter, a Nominee for the 2016 Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award, reveals in an exclusive interview with Laureus.com that he was persuaded to carry on playing, when he was considering retiring ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

In the interview, which is available for media use, Carter says: “Though not many people noticed, I was pretty close to retiring from the game, but through friends and family, coaches and team-mates, they gave me a lot of confidence to stick at it and give it one more crack.”

He became the star of the All Blacks team which won back-to-back Rugby World Cups and which has now been nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award. In the interview, Carter also talks about his new career with Racing 92 in France. Among his comments are:· “I know a lot about Laureus. It’s nice to be recognised for the year I had in 2015. It was very special, not only for me, but for the All Blacks and to be a part of that was amazing.”

· In the interview Carter tells the full story behind his very last All Blacks conversion, in the Rugby World Cup Final, which he took with the wrong foot.

· On playing in France…..”It’s a very strong, tough, demanding competition. I want to contribute to the success of Racing which hasn’t won any titles in the last few years,”

· On American Football….”I went to visit the Patriots and they had done their homework and worked out I’d kicked a few goals with a rugby ball, so they showed a bit of interest. If I stick to my retirement plan, then it might well be, but I’m very happy just playing rugby at the moment.”

· See also the website teaser video of Laureus World Sports Academy Member Sean Fitzpatrick talking to Dan Carter about his Laureus Nomination and his amazing 2015.Feel free to load to your website. Just use the following link or embed code: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07DMm-IKqys&feature=youtu.be

PRINT and ONLINE – to access the transcript of the full Dan Carter interview go to: https://www.laureus.com/content/dan-carter-interview

Broadcast rushes of the Dan Carter and Sean Fitzpatrick interview, are available for editorial use. Please contact Matt.Dearden@Laureus.com for further details.

The 17th Laureus World Sports Awards, which is broadcast to a global TV audience, will be held in the Messe Berlin Palais am Funkturm on the evening of Monday, April 18. To see the full list of Nominees go to: http://lwsa16.laureus.com/nominees/

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