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Carter will be watching All Blacks-England from afar

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    22 Apr 2018     Getty Images

Carter told the Daily Mail that in spite of England's three consecutive losses in the Six Nations, there was still plenty surrounding the game.

"It's a shame I'll be so far away when England play the All Blacks in November because that'll be massive," he said.

"The gloss might have been taken off by the results in the Six Nations, but it should be a great Test match.

"I don't think anyone will give England a chance after three defeats but they'll regroup and have a wee point to prove…And no better to prove a point against than the No.1 side in the world. Early predictions? You'll pick the All Blacks but there's a lot of rugby still to play," he said.

Carter said the losses were not all doom and gloom for England.

"In 2009, the All Blacks lost to South Africa three times, lost to France and had a close run with the Baabaas.

"We lost about five games but we managed to pull things together and won the World Cup. One thing the All Blacks do extremely well is manage their players with the clubs," he said.

Owen Farrell, a player he regarded as his favourite at the moment, would benefit from Saracens' early exit from Europe's Champions Cup but for England he needed to be on the field and he needed to be managed, he said.

As far as what is left of his career, the 36-year-old is hoping Racing 92 can beat Munster in their semifinal on Monday (NZT) in order to achieve his goal of winning the Champions Cup as the final prize of his career.

"Winning Europe was one of my main motivations for coming here," he said.

He played a role in the side winning their quarterfinal when taking the field as a substitute.

"It doesn't seem that long ago that I was hanging out at uni' parties, but I've been fortunate in my career to win some great trophies and I want my younger teammates to experience that.

"It will be tough because Irish rugby is on such a high…most Kiwis enjoyed the Six Nations this year and Munster and Leinster have been the form clubs in Europe," he said.

"We've given ourselves a shot, though, and for me personally it would be a nice way to sign out of French rugby."

Once the season is over he will travel to Japan to play with the Kobe Steelers on a two-year contract.

"I wouldn't say I'm winding down by moving to Japan, but the season structure isn't as demanding as the UK," he said.