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Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
'The Greatest'. It's a moniker worn by some of the biggest names in sport. Football has Pele, golf has Tiger Woods, basketball has Michael Jordan and, of course, boxing has Muhammad Ali. Rugby's race for the tag is a little more complicated but the chances are the debate will be over if and when Dan Carter wins the Rugby World Cup for the All Blacks in 2011. Ever since he burst onto the test rugby scene in New Zealand in 2003, Dan Carter has been earmarked for greatness. His exploits for Canterbury, the Crusaders and the All Blacks are the stuff of legends. He did the 'impossible' early on in his international career when he made the rugby nation forget about Andrew Mehrtens — a first-five whom many thought couldn't be replaced for at least a generation. But, as the latest offering from HarperCollins' highly successful Tribute series explains, Carter not only replaced Mehrtens but he took the art of first-five-eighth play to a new level, as shown by his performance against the Lions in 2005 when he came head to head with England's 'best ever', Jonny Wilkinson.And with countless Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations match-winning performances behind him, Carter — a year out of his third World Cup — is on the verge of the most important and quite possibly his most successful year as a part of the Men in Black. This book — with many original interviews with teammates and coaches as well as conversations between author John Matheson and Carter himself — traces the career of rugby's ultimate pin-up from his roots in the backblocks of Canterbury through to the biggest and grandest rugby stages in the world. Carter's early battles with Mehrtens and his subsequent transition to the number one test first-five is traced in great detail, as are his World Cup heartaches in 2003 and 2007 and his extraordinary battle with injury in 2009 when many experts suggested he would never return to the levels of play he displayed pre-injury. History, of course, proved those critics wrong as Carter returned better than ever with heroic performances against Australia and France, ensuring the rugby nation once again believes that World Cup glory is within the country's grasp.This book — the eighth in the series — celebrates Dan Carter like never before, making it a must-read for All Blacks fans around the world.
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