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Dan Carter: a brief and informal chat.
- Obviously you work to a game plan but we just wondered how important a part instinct and intuition play when you’re actually out there?
- Very important. Mainly because things happen out there very quickly and you need those instincts to play what’s in front of you to avoid the opposition.
- What do you do to combat nerves (if you get any) before a game?
- Don’t really get too nervous but sometimes before big games I do. Nothing you can do really. Nerves are not a bad thing. They tell you you’re ready to play. You just have to keep telling yourself to relax.
- Do you have any special ways of approaching training to get you in the right mood for it?
- Just make sure you’re fresh and rested before each session so you can perform at your best at every training and game.
- What (or who) do you think it is that’s got you where you are today?
- Hard work and practise. Sometimes it seems pointless but you do eventually get rewards - as I am now.
- Best advice ever given to you?
- Just to "never give up"
- Worst advice ever given to you?
- Can’t think of anything to date. Very lucky.
- What were you like as a teenager & at school?
- A very quiet, shy young man with big goals that I often kept to myself.
- What were you going to be if you didn’t make it in rugby?
- I was at Polytec training to be a personal trainer.
- What’s been your scariest moment during an All Black Game?
- Getting injured
- And the best moment?
- My All Black debut.
- Do you play other sports - what are they?
- Cricket, touch rugby and golf.
- Who are 3 of your sporting heroes (of all time)?
- Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Andrew Mehrtens.
- What music do you like & do you use music to help prepare for a game?
- Anything really. R and B, Hip Hop.
- What would you say to teens who are serious about making some form of sports their career?
- Work hard, be prepared to go through rough times as well as good times. Take every opportunity you can.