Dan Carter to turn out in club rugby

Super Rugby - Aotearoa
by RUGBY.com.au staff

All Blacks legend Dan Carter is set to take one step closer to a Blues debut this weekend with the flyhalf set to turn out for local club Southbridge.

Carter is back in New Zealand and training with the Blues squad after answering an SOS from coach Leon McDonald to join the group.

When his arrival was first announced, Carter said he would need some weeks to return to match fitness after months since his last outing for Japanese side Kobe.

With the Blues on a bye this weekend, Carter has the opportunity to travel down to Southbridge in Canterbury and pull on his beloved club colours again.

Carter last played for Southbridge back in 2014 but the club has remained close to his heart.

Last month, he auctioned off one the match-worn jersey from his 70th Test to the club to help relieve some of the financial pressures brought on by COVID-19.

"Grassroots rugby and community clubs are what New Zealand rugby is all about," he said at the time.

"We all need to do our bit in getting New Zealand communities back on their feet and we need to rally around and get innovative to raise funds."