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Carter’s Crusaders-mad dad unimpressed by Blues move

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Dan Carter's shock decision to join the Auckland Blues has riled up fans of his former side Canterbury Crusaders to such an extent that even his father hopes the former All Blacks flyhalf will be on the losing team when they meet in July.

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05 Jun 2020 11:10AM

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WELLINGTON: Dan Carter's shock decision to join the Auckland Blues has riled up fans of his former side Canterbury Crusaders to such an extent that even his father hopes the former All Blacks flyhalf will be on the losing team when they meet in July.

The 38-year-old Carter, who played for the Crusaders from 2003-15 before moving to France, surprised many on Thursday when he signed with the Blues for New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, which starts on June 13.

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The Canterbury-Auckland rivalry is the fiercest in domestic rugby and Carter's father Neville said he would back his hometown Crusaders over his son and his new Blues team mates.

"It's pretty straightforward," he told Newstalk ZB on Friday. "The Crusaders are always going to get the support from me.

"And I'll just keep my fingers crossed he's not going to get smashed by them."

The Blues play the Crusaders on July 11 in Christchurch and the three-times World Rugby Player of the Year, who is still weeks away from being match fit, should not expect a warm welcome, said Neville.

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