Carter gets a taste of France

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter arrived in France on Sunday before being presented to the Perpignan faithful on Monday.

Carter, who has a six month contract with the French Top 14 side starting on 1 December, looked relaxed despite his 26-hour trip from Wellington via Hong Kong and London.

The Crusaders man, who will be available for his new club following the All Blacks end of year tour to the British Isles, was pleasantly surprised by the large welcoming committee present at the El Prat airport and said he was looking forward to getting to know Perpignan.

The 26-year-old was greeted by club President Paul Goze and coach Jacques Brunel.

“It’s an experience for him as well as for us,” said Brunel. “The important thing for now is to give him a warm welcome so that he feels good about his time with us.”

Carter will meet his new teammates and coaching staff on Monday before being presented to the fans and the media at the Aime-Giral stadium.

Perpignan currently lie second in the Top 14, having won four of their opening five matches. Carter’s first game looks likely to be against Heyneke Meyer’s Leicester Tigers in the European Cup on 6 December.