Carter targets WC boost
Fly-half out to use tragedy as spur for victory
Last Updated: 22/03/11 12:24pm
Carter: Extra significance
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter is hopeful he can help bring some joy to his homeland at the World Cup.
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"It's something I'll never forget; the shock on people's faces, all the traffic lights out, water gushing out in the streets, cracks in the road, traffic jams"
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Carter is looking to bring relief from the earthquake which devastated Christchurch last month, by lifting the Webb Ellis trophy in October.
The quake, which hit on February 22 and measured 6.3 on the Richter Scale, affected Carter's home city and killed more than 180 people.
And the All Blacks star believes the tragedy will act as a spur for a World Cup triumph on home soil.
"That all does add an extra significance to the World Cup to an extent," he told the Daily Telegraph.
"To win it would bring a lot of joy to people who've known tough times recently. There's motivation to have a big year.
"Cantabrians are rugby fanatics and for us not to have any World Cup games is just more depressing news for the people here.
"Obviously, it's been done for the right safety reasons but it's really sad."
Carter is in London this week for the Crusaders' rescheduled match against South African side the Sharks, which will be played at Twickenham in a first for Super Rugby. He recalled the moment that the quake struck:
"I was going to take a shower when, suddenly, there was violent shaking and we just had to get out there as fast as we could," he said.
"Outside, we realised it had been a bad one and that we had to get home quick but it was only when I jumped into the car that I realised the extent of the devastation.
"It's something I'll never forget; the shock on people's faces, all the traffic lights out, water gushing out in the streets, cracks in the road, traffic jams. It was a pretty scary time."