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Daniel Carter joins Perpignan on six month contract

Dan Carter is set to join French side Perpignan on a six-month contract following the All Blacks' northern hemisphere tour in the autumn. The Canterbury Crusaders' star has been granted a six month sabbatical in a ground breaking move by the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Only players who take part in domestic competitions are considered for the All Blacks. But New Zealand have lost a large number of high profile young players to Europe, including Carl Hayman, Jerry Collins, Luke McAlister and Chris Jack, since they crashed out of last year's World Cup in France.

The deal with Carter will see him miss the 2009 Super 14 season, but he will return to play for the All Blacks in June of next year. It's an innovative move by the NZRU but it remains to be seen if Carter will be able to resist the lure of remaining in Europe for the long-haul.

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