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All Black Carter denies Japan deal

AFP-JIJI

All Blacks star fly-half Dan Carter on Wednesday denied speculation he had signed a deal to play Japanese club rugby but did not rule out the prospect of a foray into the big-money league.

The 31-year-old, one of the highest-profile players in world rugby, is under contract with New Zealand until 2015 but has a clause allowing him to take a sabbatical built into the agreement.

Carter dismissed suggestions he had already signed with a Japanese club but conceded his management had tested potential interest in both Europe and Japan.

“(They) are just throwing it out there, and talking to a few clubs and players,” he told reporters.

“I am nowhere near signing any deal or getting closer to deciding what I am going to do or whether I take my sabbatical or not. I am still not any closer to making a decision.”

Japanese national team coach Eddie Jones told Fairfax Media last month that Carter could command a salary of more than $1 million if he played a stint in Japan.