Dan Carter returning to French Top 14 with old club Racing 92

Source: 1News

Former All Black Dan Carter is heading back to French Rugby after being released by his Japanese club.

Dan Carter for Racing 92

Carter will head back to Racing 92 in March as an injury replacement after being released by Japan's Top League champions Kobelco Steelers, the French Top 14 club says.

The 36-year-old is expected to cover at flyhalf as Pat Lambie was forced into retirement because of ongoing effects of concussion.

"Carter is back," Racing 92 wrote on their Twitter account this morning.

Carter won the World Cup twice with New Zealand in 2011 and 2015 in a 112-Test career spanning 12 years after he made his debut in 2003. He went on to become the game's top international scorer witha record 1,598 points.

After leaving the All Blacks at the end of 2015 to join Racing 92, he guided his new club to a Top 14 title the following year. In three seasons, Carter earned 445 points in 58 games and also helped them to two silver medals in the European Champions Cup.

At the end of the 2017-18 season, Carter left the club to join the Kobelco Steelers in Japan, who he also guided to a Top League title before being named the tournament's MVP.

Racing currently sit seventh on the Top 14 table.