Dan Carter fans living in the Taupo region have been given a rare opportunity this week - returning the All Blacks first-five's kicks at goal as he prepares for the new Super Rugby season.
Carter, on holiday in Taupo, created a stir on Twitter today when asking his 130,000 followers: "Hey guys. I'm doing the 1st week of my pre-season in Taupo but I need someone to return my kicks. Anyone keen?"
It appears many were interested. Carter, who is fine-tuning his goalkicking before joining his Crusaders team for pre-season training later this month, quickly posted another tweet explaining that he wouldn't fly anyone to the training session on Thursday and that he would prefer an up-and-coming rugby player.
"I need some time to think how I'm going to sort this & pick someone to help me," he tweeted.
Later, he asked for pictures of the volunteers and a summary of why they should be selected. The lucky winner will be picked at 5pm tomorrow.
The Super Rugby season starts on February 15, with matches between four of the five Australian teams only due to the Lions tour across the Tasman. The New Zealand and South African teams start a week later, with the Crusaders not starting until March 1 due to a bye. Their first match is against the Blues.