Dan Mullan All Blacks Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu
Safe Hands
Carter: Departures won't curb dominance of All Blacks
New Zealand rugby is in safe hands, according to fly-half.

RETIRED NEW ZEALAND great Dan Carter has no doubt the All Blacks can continue their dominance despite several departures.

Carter, skipper Richie McCaw, Tony Woodcock, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu and Keven Mealamu retired from the international stage after the Rugby World Cup win.

Despite the big-name losses, the 33-year-old Carter believes the All Blacks are well set up to build on their recent success.

“The future will always be bright in New Zealand rugby,” he told The Guardian.

“You know that the All Black environment, the All Black way of living is not going to fall over just because six guys left.”

New Zealand became the first nation to defend their World Cup crown after beating Australia 34-17 in the 2015 final at the end of last month.

Carter said wanting to be considered among the greatest of all time drove his team, who became the first to win the Webb Ellis Cup three times.

“There’s something so powerful, so lofty, and so far in the distance about the ambition, you always wanted to get there,” he said.

“It drove us on. To break as many records as we did, to do things that no other rugby team in the history of world rugby has.

“You know you’re getting close.”

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