Woodward hails All Black nice Carter however charges Wilkinson as finest No.10 ever


Former British and Irish Lions coach Clive Woodward has described New Zealand’s Dan Carter as the best attacking quantity 10 he has seen – however nonetheless charges Jonny Wilkinson forward of him as probably the most full flyhalf.

Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Carter introduced his retirement from skilled rugby on Saturday, ending as the best level scorer in take a look at rugby historical past with 1,598 – greater than 350 away from England’s Wilkinson.

Woodward, who coached England to the 2003 Rugby World Cup title, stated he had usually been requested who was a greater quantity 10 – Carter or Wilkinson.

“It is nearly an unimaginable alternative. They had been, by a ways, the 2 pre-eminent fly-halves of their period – each by the way pure left-footers,” Woodward wrote in a column for the Day by day Mail.

“I might rating Jonny and Dan about equal as the perfect goalkickers we’ve seen, Dan was the perfect attacking 10 I ever noticed whereas Jonny was far and away the perfect defensive 10 I ever witnessed.

“If I used to be pressured right into a nook I might go along with Jonny. Simply. I used to be fortunate sufficient to teach him for six years and knew his sport intimately. With Dan I simply admired from afar.”

Woodward led the Lions on the tour of New Zealand in 2005 the place he stated Carter introduced himself as a “actually world class expertise”.

Within the second take a look at, Carter scored two tries, 4 conversions and 5 penalties to seal the sequence for the All Blacks.

“His 33 factors within the second take a look at at Wellington, together with two good tries, was off the Richter scale and presumably the perfect particular person efficiency I’ve ever witnessed at take a look at stage. The Excellent 10,” Woodward stated.