Crusaders keep Carter

All Blacks pivot Dan Carter has committed to the Crusaders until the end of 2011.

The Christchurch union have denied rumours of Carter heading up to the Blues, and are happy to secure his service for at least two more seasons.

‘While there has been intense media speculation about Dan’s future provincial union, our discussions have been positive and constructive throughout and have lead to this agreement today,’ Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said.

‘Dan is obviously a world class player and it will be fantastic to have him back. It is quite simply tremendously good news for all who care about Canterbury and Crusaders rugby.’

Carter is currently out with an Achilles injury and will only be back in action for the All Blacks in August.