750,000 bid to get Carter


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Dan Carter is said to be being offered the world’s biggest contract in rugby from Toulouse. The one year contract is valued at ‘750,000 and if accepted will see Dan Carter leaving New Zealand, the TriNations and the Super 14 to play in the French Top 14 championship

The bid according to the Daily Mail is double the highest salaries in the English game that are being paid to fellow All Blacks Carl Hayman, at Newcastle, and Luke McAlister, at Sale.

The amount will also outstrip any other bids from the most ambitious British clubs including the Ospreys, who have been in talks with Carter’s financial advisers.

The All Blacks too can’t compete with an offer that will treble his salary and are thought to be becoming increasingly resigned to losing their most valuable player when his contract runs out at the end of their European tour in November.
The only question is whether the 26-year-old fly half signs for Toulouse or Toulon, the Second Division promotion contenders run by ex-All Black captain Tana Umaga. Money has been no object to them under the presidency of Mourad Boudjellal.

Carter would not be allowed to play for the All Blacks if he was based in Europe but he would be able to return in time for the 2011 Rugby World cup to play for the All Blacks. A season and a half in Toulouse would earn him more than ‘1million.

Hurricanes back rower Jerry Collins, has warned that he too will join the overseas exodus once his Hurricanes contract expires.

One of the problems of staying in New Zealand was highlighted in a review into the country’s World Cup failure which said players with top clubs spend 180 nights ‘ almost half a year ‘ away from home in any season compared to no more than two nights away from home at any one time with a European club.   

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