If Dan Carter cannot play at home in New Zealand there is no place he would rather be than Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, where the All Blacks face Georgia in their third World Cup match on Friday.
“It’s probably my favourite stadium in the world,” the record-scoring fly-half declared on Monday.
The retiring Carter has played at the 74,000-seat roofed stadium seven times, having only lost once, in the 2007 World Cup quarter-final to France, which the 33-year-old maintains has been erased from his memory.
“It’s just an amazing place to play, an awesome atmosphere,” the 107-Test veteran says.
In his seven Tests at the Millennium Stadium he has scored 106 points from 22 penalties, 15 conversions and two tries.
Because Wales are playing Fiji at the ground on the day before the All Blacks play Georgia, there will be no traditional eve-of-match training there nor kicking practice. But that does not concern Carter.
“I’ve played there enough as have the other kickers in the team played there a couple of time so we’re used to the conditions,” he said.
“As a kicker it’s quite handy having a roof take away any wind or rain.”
Assuming the All Blacks qualify from Pool C they will be back at Millennium Stadium in three weeks for a quarter-final against either Ireland or, ominously, France who shape as the two teams to emerge from Pool D.