The All Blacks have revealed a fascinating stat about Dan Carter

Carter has now score more than 10% of New Zealand’s points ever.

Carter is nine points short of 1,500 for the All Blacks
Carter is nine points short of 1,500 for the All Blacks
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EVERY TIME DAN Carter steps out onto the pitch in the next few months, it’ll be a “final time he…” moment.

This weekend will be his final Rugby Championship game, before he prepares to retire from test rugby after the World Cup.

Carter will start at out-half this weekend against Australia in Sydney, making his 105th cap, and is just nine points short of hitting 1,500 points in test rugby.

However, a fact revealed by the New Zealand Rugby Union this evening has put into perspective just how impressive that haul is.

Carter’s 1,491 points for the All Blacks represents more than 10% of the entire points total the country have scored since their first ever game in 1903.

Carter’s haul is exactly 10.64% of their total, and while the outhalf is playing in an age where there is more test rugby than ever before, he’s been doing it as the first choice outhalf on the world’s best team since his debut in 2003.

After seeing the stat this evening, we decided to do a quick scan back through the record books, and it actually turns out that both Ronan O’Gara and Jonny Wilkinson have each scored a larger percentage of their country’s total points.

O’Gara’s 1,083 points in the Irish shirt is actually 11.88% of Ireland’s total 9,118 points in the test game, while Jonny Wilkinson’s just shy of 10.5% (1,179 points out of 11,238).

Bear in mind though that Wilkinson spent three years out of the test game during his final seasons at Toulon, and also injuries in the mid-2000s meant he didn’t play a single game for his country between 2003 and 2007.

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However, Diego Dominguez can trump that too, with his 983 points for Italy representing 12.5% of their 7,812.

Aside from Carter, there will be another momentous occasion for the All-Blacks in Sydney, with captain Richie McCaw set to draw level with Brian O’Driscoll’s record 141 caps in test rugby.

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