Friday, September 23, 2011
Daniel William Carter was born on 5 March 1982 in Southbridge, a small town in the South Island of New Zealand. He attended Ellesmere College and Christchurch Boys High School. Dan has one older sister, Sarah. He has admitted to being a shy and quiet young man who kept grand aspirations to himself. His great uncle was Canterbury and All Black half back William(Bill) Dalley. Bill Dalley was a member of the 1924–25 Invincibles All Black Team to Great Britain and later was a prominent Canterbury rugby administrator. In 2003, Carter made his All Blacks debut at age 21 in Hamilton, New Zealand, scoring 20 points against Wales. He was then capped against France in Christchurch, which the All Blacks won 31–23. He was also a substitute in a match against Australia (the Wallabies) in Sydney, which the All Blacks won 50–21. On 27 November 2010, after scoring a halfway penalty against Wales, Carter became the highest point scorer of all time, overtaking England's Jonny Wilkinson's previous record of 1,178 although Wilkinson took the record back on 26 February 2011 against France.