Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Edinburgh at 70: front row at the Festival

Read more

FOCUS

Oil theft: a multi-billion dollar business fuels Mexican cartels

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French government, employers and unions begin final discussions on labour reforms

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Here are six costly failures from America’s longest war. No. 1: cashmere goats'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Charter of transparency…but no official ‘first lady’ title for Brigitte Macron

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigeria's Buhari slams divisions after a 3-month absence

Read more

THE DEBATE

What's next for the "Islamic State Group"?

Read more

ENCORE!

Opera singers Thomas Hampson & Luca Pisaroni return to Paris

Read more

FOCUS

Hunger has forced many Nigerian refugees in northern Cameroon to return to dangerous Boko Haram territory.

Read more

Perpignan hails All Black Dan Carter

Latest update : 2008-09-22

New Zealand's fly half Dan Carter, considered by many to be the world's best rugby player, was treated to a rapturous welcome in the southern French city of Perpignan, as he prepares to wear the local jersey for six months starting December.

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter, one of the best players in the world, arrived here on Sunday before his presentation to new club Perpignan on Monday.
  
The 26-year-old Carter, who has a six-month contract with French Top 14 club Perpignan from December 1, arrived at El Prat airport smiling and looking in good shape despite his 26-hour trip from Wellington via Hong Kong and London.
  
Carter, visibly surprised by the welcoming committee of about 20 journalists, said: "I'm a little surprised but it's nice."
  
Carter, who said he was looking forward to getting to know Perpignan, will be available for his new club following New Zealand's tour of the British Isles (Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England) in November.
  
He was welcomed at the airport by Perpignan club president Paul Goze and coach Jacques Brunel.
  
"It's an experience for him as well as for us," said Brunel. "The important thing for now is to give him a warm welcome so that he feels good about his time with us."
  
The Canterbury Crusaders number 10, who has made 53 appearances for the All Blacks, was set to stay at Canet-en-Roussillon, near Perpignan, on Sunday before meeting the players and staff of his new club on Monday, when he will be presented to fans at the Aime-Giral stadium and then the press.
  
Carter's first match will probably be against Leicester at Perpignan in the European Cup on December 6.
  
Perpignan are second in the French Top 14 championship having won four of their five matches including Saturday's tight 5-3 win at south coast neighbours Montpellier.

Date created : 2008-09-22

COMMENT(S)