Dan Carter is missing his summer Christmas as he settles into a new life in Europe.

The former All Black, who is now signed with French club Racing Metro, tweeted #MissingMySummerXmas to his 526,000 followers on Christmas morning, New Zealand time.

Carter also posted in Instagram image of himself at a restaurant, happily noting the inclusion of New Zealand offerings in the venue's extensive wine list.

I know the French love their wine but check out this wine list! Nice to see a couple of NZ wines in there.

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Carter's best-selling biography has just been released in Europe, and the sporting great had previously posted pictures of himself looking rueful in front of the pile of books to be signed.

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Last week, Carter collected the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award. While doing so, he paid an emotional tribute to Jonah Lomu, the All Black great who died suddenly last month.

Carter missed Lomu's memorial service at Eden Park because he had started his contract in Europe.

Lomu, the only other New Zealander to collect the gong, won it in 1995, the year he dominated the Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

Carter was recognised for his showing at this year's World Cup, which New Zealand won against Australia.