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'A bit rusty, but good' – Dan Carter pleased with club rugby return

A bit rusty, but good. That's the evaluation from Dan Carter after making his first appearance on Kiwi soil since 2015, turning out for hometown club Southbridge this afternoon.

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The All Blacks legend turned out for hometown club Southbridge this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

Carter played the entire 80 minutes of Southbridge's 54-14 victory over West Melton, kicking 12 points and setting up two tries.

The 112-Test All Black then took time to sign autographs and pose for selfies with fans after the match.

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"Just coming back, seeing familiar faces, familiar surroundings, a lot of childhood memories playing here at the club, I don't get out here that often, so when I do it's pretty special," Carter told media afterwards.

"It's been about four months since I've played, and I've only been training for four weeks really.

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"It's one thing running around, training and feeling good, another one is actually playing.

"To get through 80 [minutes] is pleasing, probably a bit more than I expected, but it was good - a bit rusty but good."