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Dan Carter to stay in France


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All Black No.10 Daniel Carter is set to continue his lengthy rehab from a ruptured Achilles in France.

Carter suffered the severe injury in just his fifth match for Perpignan on February the 1st which ended what is likely to be the one and only off-shore playing sabbatical offered by the New Zealand Rugby Union.

The French club dished out NZ $1.8 million for Carter to play for them over a six month period as they hoped that Carter would be able to deliver Heineken Cup and French Top 14 titles.

Carter was operated on in France shortly after suffering the injury and has had protective moon boot removed from his injured leg.

All Black doctor Deb Robinson confirmed last month that rugby top-brass in NZ would be comfortable with Carter’s eventual decision to stay on in France.

There had been some speculation that Carter could return to New Zealand and undergoing his rehab alongside the All Black medical staff.

“We’ve been really happy with the service that has been offered in France,” Robinson told Yahoo!Xtra.

“There are significant benefits in having been in France during the World Cup that it gives us a good knowledge base of how things are run in France.

“To be honest the level of sports medicine over there is very high. We’re pretty happy and if the decision is made for him to stay in France we will be very supportive of that.

“Daniel is working through what his options are and we’ve done a lot of research into what the rehabilitation options are in Europe.

“We are doing that in touch with the Perpignan medical team who have been fantastic.

“They haven’t minded us being involved in the decision-making.”

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