Dan Carter fans living in the Taupo region have been
given a rare opportunity this week - returning the All Black
first-five's kicks at goal as he prepares for the new Super
Carter, on holiday in Taupo, created a stir on Twitter today
when asking his 130,000 followers: "Hey guys. I'm doing the
1st week of my pre-season in Taupo but I need someone to
return my kicks. Anyone keen?"
It appears many were interested. Carter, who is fine-tuning
his goalkicking before joining his Crusaders team for
pre-season training later this month, quickly posted another
tweet explaining that he wouldn't fly anyone to the training
session on Thursday and that he would prefer an up-and-coming
"I need some time to think how I'm going to sort this &
pick someone to help me," he tweeted.
Later, he asked for pictures of the volunteers and a summary
of why they should be selected. The lucky winner will be
picked at 5pm tomorrow.
The Super Rugby season starts on February 15, with matches
between four of the five Australian teams only due to the
Lions tour across the Tasman.
The New Zealand and South African teams start a week later,
with the Crusaders not starting until March 1 due to a bye.
Their first match is against the Blues.