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Carter promises crowd pleaser at Twickers

By Adam Hathaway 23/03/2011 02:38:56 PM Comments (0)

All Blacks five-eighth Dan Carter has vowed to give northern hemisphere fans a taste at Twickenham of what's to come in this year's Rugby World Cup.

Carter's Super Rugby franchise, the Crusaders, will play South Africa's Sharks in London on Sunday.

Around 55,000 fans are expected to turn up at England's rugby headquarters with a portion of the ticket price being donated to the Christchurch earthquake relief fund.

And Carter, who had a short spell in Europe with Perpignan in 2008, is expecting supporters north of the equator to enjoy the running rugby on show.

"We really pride ourselves on playing a fast, open style of play and scoring plenty of tries," he said.

"From my experience it can be a bit different to the really tough, physical, gruelling competition that I experienced in France.

"I only played five games but I really got the pace of the rugby over here. Hopefully this weekend I will be able to see the style of play I like and hopefully we can rack up a few tries.

"It can be a bit risky at times but we like to use the ball. With the new law interpretations it gives you the confidence to do that.

"If you have the ball as an attacking team you have more right and confidence to have an attacking style of play."

Carter also confirmed that because of the disastrous earth quake that damaged the Crusaders' home ground he had put all thoughts of a move to the northern hemisphere after the World Cup to the back of his mind.

Out of contract with the All Blacks at the end of the year, Carter is being eyed by several clubs in Europe but has put all dealings on hold until the fall-out from the disaster has subsided.

The 28-year-old's spell at Perpignan was shortened by injury, and according to Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal is demanding 1.2 million euros ($A1.69 million) a season.

Boudjellal says the price is putting clubs off but Carter, who had just finished training in Christchurch when the earthquake struck a month ago, is not rushing to make a decision.

"I have put things on hold a little bit. I am in no rush to make that decision," he said.

"I want to make sure everything is okay in my back yard first before making any sort of plans about where my future is after this year.

"I am out of contract and I want to explore all options over here and in Europe and also back home but with what has happened it has dragged things out a little bit because that is definitely not my main priority at the moment.

"It is something new for this Crusaders side to be over here at Twickenham but with the earthquake in Christchurch hopefully we can generate some money for people going through some pretty tough times.

"When an earthquake happens you can feel quite useless. You want to get back and help but I have found the best way of doing that is do what I do and love and that is play rugby.

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