Dan Carter will not be returning to Racing 92 this season after failing a medical. He has a neck injury, according to a club source.

The 36 year old New Zealander is a double world champion, having helped the All Blacks to the title in 2011 and 2015. He had agreed terms – believed to be €25,000 a month – for the rest of the Top 14 campaign.

Carter spent three years with the Parisian outfit before leaving in 2018 for Japan. He played a major part in his current club Kobelco Steelers winning the Japanese title in December. Kobelco authorised his return to Racing.

The French outfit needs another stand off to support first choice Finn Russell, following the retirement of Pat Lambie. The South African called time on his career after suffering symptoms linked to a series of head knocks.

Racing have signed Frenchman Francois Trinh-Duc from Toulon for next season. However, he will not move until the summer. The intention was for Carter to fill the gap until then.

On Saturday, the club stated that he would not be coming back. It announced its decision in a press release.

“In line with the medical controls required for the approval of licences, Racing 92 sent certain medical information to experts nominated by the French League”, said the club. “Their advice was unanimous: Dan Carter cannot play rugby in France.”

The press release went on to express the club’s disappointment. However, it added that the law does not take risks with the health of players


Written by Colin Renton