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Carter thanks team-mates

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has thanked his team-mates for helping him become the record points scorer in the history of Test match rugby.

The 28-year-old passed the previous mark of 1,178, held by Jonny Wilkinson, when he knocked over a monster 49-metre penalty during the early stages of Saturday's 37-25 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium, which clinched a third Grand Slam of Britain and Ireland in six seasons for Graham Henry's side.

He said: "I never thought I would get to these highs (points). It is something that is pretty special, a real achievement, and I give a lot of tributes to my team-mates for giving me the opportunities to get so many points. It's all about the team, and I am just very fortunate to be part of a very special team like the All Blacks."

He added: "It was a pretty proud moment. It is not something that really drives me, but looking back it is something I am proud of."

Although that early penalty gave Carter the record he did not enjoy his best day with the boot in Cardiff as he missed four of his five shots at goal in the first half to keep Wales in the game, but he responded with four from four after the break, including two unerring touchline conversions.

"When you start missing a few, you just really back the hard work you have been doing, and I reaped the rewards for that in the second half," he said.


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