Sourced from RNZ.co.nz

The 38-year-old two-time World Cup winner joined the Blues for the first time today and said he is unlikely to take the field straight away.

“I have not played for several months so it will be a number of weeks before I am ready to be considered to play and then only if my form warrants it.”

Carter is a free agent after leaving Japanese club Kobe and comes to the Blues as injury cover for Stephen Perofeta, who has a broken foot.

The former Crusaders star said during the lockdown he realised how much he missed rugby.

“Leon is a good mate and we spoke about me helping out. For me it is a chance to mentor some young players and give back to New Zealand Rugby.

“I have not played for several months so it will be a number of weeks before I am ready to be considered to play and then only if my form warrants it.”

Blues coach Leon MacDonald messaged the team on Wednesday to tell them Carter was joining the side.

“His motive is to give back to NZ Rugby by sharing his experience/knowledge with us.

Carter, a three time world player of the year, left New Zealand rugby after helping guide the All Blacks to a second straight World Cup title in 2015.

Since then he’s played in France and Japan.

Carter joins current All Blacks first-five come fullback Beauden Barrett at the Blues, after the latter left the Hurricanes at the end of last season.

Barrett is yet to debut for his new team after taking an extended off-season break, before Super Rugby was suspended due to the coronavirus.

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