Carter passes club test

Dan Carter made his long-awaited return when he played 80 minutes of club rugby on Saturday.

The All Blacks flyhalf helped his Southbridge club beat Hornby 34-13 in front of 2,000 people in Christchurch.

While Carter was successful with just two out of six kicks at goal, he said he was pleased just to be back in action.

‘I haven’t really thought too much about the All Blacks. I just want to get back playing rugby,’ Carter told TV3.

‘You can do so much rehab and get in the gym and do speed work … but until you’re out on the field its different so it’s a start and I really enjoyed it.’

Carter said he was available for Canterbury’s opening NZ Cup match against North Harbour next week ‘if I’m wanted’.