Saturday, May 10, 2008
WORLD NO 1 RANKED RUGBY PLAYER'S FRENCH CONNECTION...
World NO 1 rugby player's French Connection...
First published at Qassia:
The world's No 1 ranked rugby union player, All Black Dan Carter from Canterbury and the Super 14 Crusaders franchise is negotiating multi million dollar deals for just six months work.
1/ $1.4 million dollars to play for just six months with former All Blacks captain, Tana Umaga's team.
2/$400,000 in bonuses and merchandise rights.
This $1.8 million dollar deal is subject to the French club Toulon being promoted to the first grade this year.
Dan Carter would move to the French club after the New Zealand All Blacks end of year Grand Slam tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2008.
The New Zealand Rugby Union is hopeful of convincing Dan Carter to return to NZ after his 'sabattical' in Europe and to play for the All Blacks again in 2009. Carter could be persuaded to continue playing for the All Blacks until the 2011 Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand. Similar annual deals are a possibility for the world's NO 1 rugby union player.
Such a deal has not yet been negotiated with any other New Zealand players. Dozens of All Blacks and first grade players have been lost to the NZ game in recent years.
Usually New Zealand players have to play in the southern hemisphere Super 14 professional rugby competition to be eligible for selection to the international All Blacks team. This may or may not set a precedent for future players, or just be an historical deal for arguably the greatest Number 10 in rugby history.