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13th Mar 2017

Dan Carter takes criticism in his stride after being jeered by his own supporters

Tough night at the office for the All Blacks legend

Sean McMahon

It’s been a tough couple of months for the All Blacks legend.

Dan Carter made his return from injury in Racing 92’s home defeat to league leaders La Rochelle at the weekend.

The home side lost 15-38 which leaves their already rather ambitious intentions of retaining the Top 14 title in further disarray.

This was Carter’s first match since he was caught drink-driving in Paris and you wonder if this contributed to the reaction of the home crowd when he was substituted after 62 minutes.

It was a game to forget for the world’s most expensive player.

The 35-year-old struggled to live up to the pace of the game which yielded only a penalty kick and a missed conversion for his efforts.

He was eventually called ashore after 62 minutes and was greeted with boos, jeers and whistles as he exited the fray.

Some couldn’t quite believe what they were witnessing.

While others were less sympathetic to his cause.

Nevertheless, Carter has been around a long time and would be used to the highest level of scrutiny and attention which he would have found playing for the All Blacks.

Carter still has another year left on his contract, so it will interesting to see whether he sticks around in Paris considering it hasn’t been the easiest of months for the 35-year-old.

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