Wallabies Rugby World Cup winner Stephen Larkham has labelled All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter the greatest No 10 to have played the game.

Larkham, a test centurion who guided Australia to the 1999 title from the crucial first-five position, didn’t hesitate to elevate Carter to top of the pops ahead of this weekend’sTwickenham final showdown.

“Dan Carter will be No 1 in the pantheon. Clearly No 1,” Larkham, an assistant coach with the current Wallabies side, said.


“Probably over here in England Jonny Wilkinson will be No 1, but in the southern hemisphere Dan is ranked No 1,” Larkham said.

“He’s shown really good composure during this tournament. His skills haven’t dropped off at all, he picks and chooses when he wants to run and he does that really well. He’s combining with his team-mates very well.”

Carter will play his 112th and final test for the All Blacks in the final. He has bounced back from injuries to slowly but surely build his form back to peak level with impeccable timing.

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