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by Beth Newman

All Blacks legend Dan Carter will suit up for the Blues in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Carter hasn't played Super Rugby since 2015, plying his trade in France and Japan in recent years after retiring from international duties.

He was most recently playing with Japanese powerhouse Kobelco Steelers but with the Top League season prematurely cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic and his contract ending with the club, Carter became a free agent.

The Auckland club confirmed Carter's addition on Thursday morning, after it quickly became an open secret in rugby circles.

Rumours about Carter's addition were swirling on Wednesday evening after an apparent text message from Blues coach Leon
MacDonald to staff and players was leaked confirming the impending move.

The flyhalf will join current All Blacks superstar Beauden Barrett at the Blues.

Barrett has not played a game for his new team yet, after a World Cup sabbatical delayed the start to his season, but he has impressed since reuniting with his teammates post-isolation.

Carter is joining the team as injury cover for rising star Stephen Perofeta, who will be ruled out of part of the competition.

Otere Black has been the team's other option at flyhalf and will suddenly find himself with some stiff competition for that no. 10 jersey.

The Blues open their Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign on Sunday June 14 against the Hurricanes.