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New Zealand legend Dan Carter says rugby will always be a part of his life, after announcing his retirement.

The out-half won two World Cups and 112 caps for the All-Blacks and was a three-time World player of the year,

He also hangs up his boots as the top scorer in international rugby history with 1,598 points.

"I've thought about this on so many occasions but today is the day and I am very grateful that I can do it on my terms. I'm officially retiring from professional rugby," Carter wrote on instagram.

"A sport I've played for 32 years which has helped shape me into the person I am today. I can't thank everyone who has played a part in my journey enough - from my team-mates, opponents, coaching and management teams, sponsors and in particular you, the fans.

"A special mention to my friends and family who have supported and guided me through my career. Mum and Dad, thank you for everything you have sacrificed for me.

"My wife Honor for being my rock and allowing me to fulfil my dreams while raising our beautiful family - I can't thank you enough.

"I'm excited about my next chapter in life and what that will look like. For now, I'm sad to walk away from playing but the timing is right. Rugby will always be a part of my life. Thank you."

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