Kelleher backs Carter’s French fling

Former All Blacks scrumhalf Byron Kelleher believes Dan Carter’s spell at French Top 14 side Perpignan will make him a better player.

Carter has signed a short-term contract with Perpignan and Kelleher, in his second season with Toulouse, believes the experience will invigorate him.

“I’ve wound him up about having to learn Catalan and how the French will welcome him at the bottom of a ruck,” Kelleher told the Daily Telegraph. “It is a great move for Dan and will give him a fresh rugby and mental perspective to take back to New Zealand.”

Kelleher had a successful first season with the southern France club, winning the Player of the Year award, and seems to have carried that form into the 2008/09 season.