Super Rugby Aotearoa

PICTURE | Dan Carter and Tana Umaga - rugby's most over-qualified waterboys!

Dan Carter during the Round 1 Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Blues and the Hurricanes at Eden Park on June 14, 2020 in Auckland.
Dan Carter during the Round 1 Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Blues and the Hurricanes at Eden Park on June 14, 2020 in Auckland.
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New Blues signing Dan Carter may not have been selected for the match-day squad to face the Hurricanes in Auckland on Sunday, but he did have an important sideline role to play.

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Carter, now 38, was a surprise acquisition for the Eden Park-based side ahead of the new Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament - particularly as the star former All Black had played 141 matches for their bitter South Island rivals, the Crusaders.

On Sunday Carter assumed waterboy duties alongside another illustrious former team-mate and opponent - Tana Umaga.

Carter played 112 Tests for the All Blacks, while Umaga has 74 caps to his name.

Umaga, 47, was a Hurricanes legend during his Super Rugby playing days, representing the side in 122 matches.

After retirement, Umaga took over as Blues head coach and while no longer at the helm these days, he remains part of the team's coaching set-up.

The star duo helped oversee an impressive 30-20 win for the Blues in Round 1 in front of a 43 000-strong crowd.

Carter took to social media post-match to share a picture of without doubt the two most over-qualified waterboys in world rugby, writing: "Waterboy duties with my good mate Tana today. Well done to the Blues boys getting an important win today."

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- Compiled by Garrin Lambley

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