HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 of 2014 (Paul Playdon does a fine top 30 each and every Sat after OTC )

Paul Playdon does a fine top 30 each and every Sat after OTC which runs from 8-9am

The Top 30 runs from 9 -12 -Sometimes it is a top 29 and a half as he must get his 2 cents in re Manchester United.

These are the top songs of 2014 on Heart 104.9fm .

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 of 2014
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE PEAK WAP WOC
1 Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake Love Never Felt So Good 1 9 19
2 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass 1 5 16
3 Aloe Blacc Love Is The Answer 1 4 16
4 DJ Cassidy feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J Calling All Hearts 1 4 20
5 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Rather Be 1 4 19
6 Drop City Yacht Club feat. Jeremih Crickets 1 3 23
7 Gregor Salto Count On Me 1 3 16
8 Sam Smith I’m Not The Only One 1 3 8
9 Usher feat. Nicki Minaj She Came To Give It To You 1 3 22
10 Lykke Li I Follow Rivers 1 3 10
11 Clean Bandit feat. Sharna Bass Extraordinary 1 2 24
12 Beatenberg Rafael 1 2 22
13 Basement Jaxx Never Say Never 1 2 15
14 Aloe Blacc The Man 1 2 20
15 DJ Cassidy feat. R Kelly Make The World Go Round 1 1 24
16 DJ Clock feat. Beatenberg Pluto (Remember You) 1 1 17
17 Beyonce XO 2 3 18
18 Tresor feat. AKA Mount Everest 2 3 15
19 Nathan Mayor feat. Justin Chalice Do It All 2 2 26
20 TLC & Ne-Yo Meant To Be 2 2 31
21 Citizen’s Banned feat. Diggy Bongz The Liberation’s Over 2 2 11
22 Pitbull feat. John Ryan Fireball 2 1 11
23 Mary J. Blige A Night To Remember 2 1 10
24 Mi Casa Turn You On 2 1 19
25 Robin Thicke Get In My Way 2 1 21
26 Ella Henderson Rockets 2 1 7
27 Justin Timberlake Not A Bad Thing 3 4 23
28 Karmin I Want It All 3 3 18
29 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back 3 2 22
30 Jonathan Rubain Reason To Smile 3 2 15
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HEART : SA TOP 10 of 2014 – Proud to get our friend R J Benjamin into the Top 10

In June 2014 we had the honor of working and doing the pr for RJ Benjamin on his new single with CanSkylark called -“So High “.

On first listen the song was a hit -no doubt about it , but never did we expect it to spend 14 weeks on the charts like it did . The melody and mood of the song is bright and happy with a fabulous chorus . Diggy Bongz broke the song on his show.

The song is number at number 7 on the Heart 104.9fm Top 10 for 2014 ahead of the likes of Danny K and Mi Casa

SA TOP 10 of 2014
POS. ARTIST SONG TITLE PEAK WAP W.O.C.
1 Bo Seretsane Rise 1 7 21
2 Lloyd Cele feat. Casper Just Be Mine 1 7 13
3 Chad Saaiman Loving You Is Easy 1 4 16
4 Nathan Mayor feat. Justin Chalice Do It All 1 3 17
5 Kelly Fortuin Do You Know 1 3 12
6 DJ Clock feat. Beatenberg Pluto (Remember You) 1 2 15
7 RJ Benjamin & Can Skylark So High 1 2 14
8 Deslyn How 1 2 11
9 Sundae feat. Ashleigh Davids High On Life 1 2 15
10 Citizens Banned feat. Diggy Bongz The Liberation’s Over 1 2 10
Other Songs that Never made it into the Top 10
POS. ARTIST SONG TITLE PEAK WAP W.O.C.
11 Danny K Dream 1 2 15
12 Mi Casa Turn You On 1 2 13
13 Danny K feat Donald & Heavy K Personal Paradise (GoodLook Remix) 1 2 10
14 Tucan Tucan Sondela 1 2 13
15 Muzart Long Long Time 1 2 11
16 Mi Casa feat. Jimmy Nevis Feel The Love 1 2 9
17 Mi Casa Your Body 1 2 6
18 Chad Saaiman All On The Wall 1 1 12
19 Mario Ogle Wishing On A Star 1 1 11
20 Jonathan Rubain Reason To Smile 1 1 9

RJ Now has an EP out called the 5th Story which was released in Dec and is available on iTunes.

RJ will be back in Cape Town in January 2015 to appear at the CanSkylark album launch and will sing the duet live with Can.

Good news new music from Nile Rodgers -March 2015

Nile Rodgers has announced the release of a new song, called ‘I’ll Be There’.

Writing on his blog, the Chic man said the song was in tribute to his late Chic co-partner Bernard Edwards, who he found dead in a hotel room in Tokyo in 1996. It will be the lead single on the new Chic album.

He wrote: “I’m releasing the new record on March 20, 2015… on the vernal equinox. There will be a lot going on in the heavens that day, along with the total solar eclipse. The name of the song is “I’ll Be There.” The reason is: after I found Bernard’s body, I said to him “Now, I can be there for you in death, the way you were There For Me in Life.””

The song is based on an old Chic demo called ‘Love Somebody Today’, which features all of the original members of the band. “These recently-found lost tapes gives me the opportunity to play with my bandmates, who’ve passed away, again,” wrote Rodgers.

Lady Gaga is also thought to be working on new music with Nile Rodgers after a photo was recently posted online of the pair in a recording studio together. The photo, which was tweeted by Gaga fan page Lady Gaga Daily, also includes songwriter Diane Warren. “Lady Gaga in the studio working on new music with Nile Rodgers and Diane Warren,” the tweet read.

Gaga Daily reports that Warren said “Last night an all-time classic was born!” when asked about working with the singer. Rodgers has collaborated as producer and performer with other big name artists of late, including Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, Disclosure, and Sam Smith.

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Are these the 2014 -Top POP Records

In 2014, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, Sam Smith and Nick Jonas dabbled in R&B crossovers; Lana Del Rey and Charli XCX flipped the bad-girl script; and Lorde didn’t release an album, but put forth her vision through EDM producers. Off the Top 40, were clutch of women whose versions of “pop” were singular yet irresistible, from the genre-busting Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez to the Prince-sized ambitions of the New Zealand singer Kimbra. And leading the year? Taylor Swift, of course, the most popular of the pop stars, who left Nashville behind to pursue her New York dreams on her own terms.

20

Sia, ’1000 Forms of Fear’

Sia Furler has been a Top 40 secret weapon for nearly three years, writing or collaborating with Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Beyoncé (“Pretty Hurts”), Britney Spears (“Perfume”), Flo Rida (“Wild Ones”) and David Guetta (“Titanium”). With single “Chandelier,” Sia finally charted with a song that features herself as the lead artist. The single came attached to 1000 Forms of Fear, a gorgeous package of perfect pop songs featuring the ABBA method: misleadingly happy tunes accompany, and nearly shroud, heartbreakingly revelatory lyrics. Covering everything from her discomfort with fame to alcoholism, Sia made the year’s most emotionally naked album and did so with her face hidden from view. B.S.

19

Shakira, ‘Shakira’

Shakira’s enough of a superstar that she has a bit more leeway than her peers — and she’s talented enough to use that leeway toward unexpected ends. While the lead single from her 10th(!) album, the Rihanna-assisted “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” went the “duet with radio sure-thing” route, the record it led into had some thrilling twists and turns. The jittery, spare “You Don’t Care About Me” gives an ominous edge to a relationship’s lowest moments; while “Empire” turns the idea of the power ballad inside-out, its odd structure providing a grounding point for Shakira to raise her voice about the power of love. M.J.

18

One Direction, ‘Four’

When you are the world’s biggest boy band, sometimes you get a surprising amount of freedom. On Four, One Direction honed in on their classic rock chops at a time when pop has been leaning more into the spheres of hip-hop and R&B. For these boys — folky, wistful, dripping with young romance — it works without sounding anachronistic. When not culling inspiration from the Fleetwood Mac songbook (like on the Rumours-lite “Fireproof”) 1D sounds a little reminiscent of early millennium indie rock, as heard on album highlights “Stockholm Syndrome” and “No Control.” Though last year’s Midnight Memories was their claim to adult maturity, Four is the sound of the group settling into it. B.S.

17

Nick Jonas, ‘Nick Jonas’

The self-titled album from this Jonas Brother was accompanied by a flurry of pictures where he appeared in various stages of undress. His self-titled effort from 2014 is not just his attempt to establish his bona fides as a sex symbol; it’s also his attempt to plant a flag in R&B’s fertile soil. (That Nick has had a penchant for the funky has been obvious for years; recall that in 2009, he made an album with a clutch of former Prince sidemen.) A brisk run through the type of poppy R&B that not so many years ago dominated even Top 40 stations, Nick Jonas also includes assists from Angel Haze and Demi Lovato that raise it above retro exercise.M.J.

16

Kitten, ‘Kitten’

Chloe Chaidez’s musical prodigiousness was apparent to anyone who saw her band Kitten open for Paramore in 2013 — she wailed, crept around the stage and held her own in the face of a hyper-dynamic headliner. The band’s debut album reveals how much range Chaidez possesses as a pop star. Bookended by sinewy dance track “Like A Stranger” and the stark “Apples and Cigarettes,” punctuated by “G#,” a gorgeous rainbow swirl of fuzzed-out guitars and teary goodbyes, Kitten doesn’t have a defining genre. But it provides a platform for Chaidez to show off her impressive pipes and her willingness to use them in whatever way strikes her fancy.M.J.

15

Calvin Harris, ‘Motion’

Of EDM’s monied elite, Calvin Harris is easily the genre’s most pleasing crowd-pleaser, with melodies that bloom more than they drop on your head like an anvil. He’s gotten some guff for how Motion follows the “template” of 2012 pop crossover 18 Months, and sure, tracks like “Under Control,” “Blame” and “Overdrive” bulge their veins predictably; but “Love Now,” aided by production trio All About She, whirls sleekly, Ellie Goulding’s lovelorn warble prances forcefully down a string-draped runway on “Outside,” Haim soars with “Pray to God” (imagine Stevie Nicks in furry moonboots) and Tinashe gives a welcome strut and slither to the bass-rattle of “Dollar Signs.” Still, the obvious showstopper is global smash “Summer,” which features Harris’ own boyish purr and unfolds like a fireworks display over the ocean. Twinkle, twinkle, little superstar DJ. C.A.

14

Sam Smith, ‘In the Lonely Hour’

In the Lonely Hour is the year’s plainest appeal — its young English star sheepishly grasps the mic, tenderly empties his heart and makes us bawl buckets of empathy. Whether the song’s a towering, time-stands-still ballad (the omnipresent “Stay with Me”), a skittering house track (Disclosure’s “Latch,” his own “Money on My Mind”), or a pint-nursing pub plaint (“I’m Not the Only One”), Smith’s elegant quaver swells with desire, regret and despair. The album’s narrative — Smith pleads, seethes, bottoms out, exults in independence and pleads all over again — mirrors the arc of feckless, devastating young love. Adele, you’re up. C.A.

13

La Roux, ‘Trouble in Paradise’

With its aching love amid swaying palms, “Paradise Is You” sounds like the ballad playing in the beach scene of a Hollywood weeper. Which is to say, it doesn’t sound like La Roux circa 2009, in which androgynous dreambot Elly Jackson fronted partner Ben Langmaid’s frigid Eighties simulacrum. The shift reflects the pair’s split, with Jackson taking control and adopting a friskier sound that draws on funk, reggae and calypso. Warmly layering her voice, she directly addresses her conflicts and frustrations on concisely melodic synth romps (“Cruel Sexuality,” “Kiss and Not Tell”). But the album’s boldest turn comes on “Silent Partner,” as Jackson proclaims matter-of-factly over a wiry bass throb, “You’re not my partner/No, you’re not a part of me.” With Trouble in Paradise, the dramatic universe La Roux inhabits goes from iced-over to a full simmer. C.A.

12

Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’

Following his production of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” — the 2013 mega-smash that generated accusations of misogyny and glorification of date rape — Williams here devotes himself to pro-female pop euphoria. “Happy” epitomizes this refreshingly jubilant approach, but the rest is nearly as sunny. Like last year’s “Get Lucky” hit with Daft Punk, much of G I R L sounds simultaneously retro and futuristic, down-to-earth yet otherworldly, as if Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and gospel’s Mighty Clouds of Joy had jammed with beings from a conflict-free galaxy. “Though my planet’s full of warfare/You make me feel like a dream,” he croons to his “Lost Queen” muse as if describing his own childlike music’s uplift. B.W.

11

“Weird Al” Yankovic, ‘Mandatory Fun’

In a post-YouTube world where there’s only a handful of hits that could comfortably be called “ubiquitous” anymore, pop parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic had to set his sights on the biggest targets possible — “Fancy,” “Blurred Lines,” “Happy,” etc. Luckily those songs were monsters for a reason and Yankovic, simply by dint of holding himself to his own exacting standards, cleanly sliced through the morass of here-today-gone-tomorrow online comedy. “First World Problems” is the best Pixies song released in at least a decade and “Foil” — which combined Al’s 30-year obsession with food and the barely there beats of Lorde’s “Royals” — might be one of the smartest realizations of his abilities yet. M.J.

10

Ed Sheeran, ‘X’

Ed Sheeran and friend/collaborator Taylor Swift seem to have come to the same conclusion. Following up the standard singer-songwriter fare of his 2011 debut, Sheeran goes pop with no reservations, singing, “I’m not a rapper, I’m a singer with a flow.” On X, Sheeran becomes an R&B lothario and riffs like a hip-hop raconteur, and his storytelling capabilities get the beats they deserve thanks to guest producers like Pharrell Williams and Rick Rubin. That bit of groove is just what Sheeran needs for biting musings on everything from heartbreak to how he got “so faded,” on “Bloodstream” B.S.

9

Kimbra, ‘The Golden Echo’

In a year when pop radio became increasingly defined by its own tunnel vision, the second full-length by the New Zealand-born singer Kimbra (a former chart-topper via her turn as Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” foil) was refreshing for the way it leaned increasingly outward, bringing slinky disco (“Miracle”), icy glitch (“90s Music”) and sultry R&B together in the name of finding pop transcendence. The Golden Echo‘s hard left turns and buried production treasures — not to mention the assists from the R&B polymath Bilal and the pop savant Van Dyke Parks — show that there’s still uncharted territory left in pop, and that Kimbra is more than willing to take a fantastic voyage in order to find it. M.J.

8

Various Artists, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

Though Jennifer Lawrence’s role as The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen has been a starmaking turn, the character itself is, to be kind, broadly drawn. But on this electronic-pop-leaning soundtrack envisioned by a clearly inspired Lorde, Katniss instantly develops a more complex, combative, introspective personality. CHVRCHES’ synth-pop ricochets with playful morbidity; Charli XCX and Simon Le Bon(!) give a hopeful tinge to the darkened-bedroom piano ballad “Kingdom”; Tinashe wails from a sultry void and Grace Jones adds dub jitters. Lorde herself contributes the stormy, enigmatic goth processional “Yellow Flicker Beat” (which Kanye West remixes), a delicate Bright Eyes cover (“The Ladder”), plus assists on Major Lazer’s “All My Love” and the air-raid soul of Chemical Brothers and Miguel’s “This Is Not a Game.” Talk about heroines! C.A.

7

Lykke Li, ‘I Never Learn’

Heartbreak of varying degrees has been the driving force for some of pop’s greatest works, but Lykke Li’s third album turns up the pathos to a level that’s almost painful at times. The production on I Never Learn treats her voice — it shudders and cracks as it outlines desperation and numbness — as if it’s a blighted, disaster-hit landscape. Her songwriting has become even sharper, with her bleak revamp of the power ballad (“Never Gonnna Love Again”) serving as the album’s emotional centerpiece. M.J.

6

2NE1, ‘Crush’

Almost two years after K-pop first giddily barged into America’s imagination, the genre hasn’t sustained a post-”Gangnam Style” wave, but the Seoul machine keeps humming. Female foursome 2NE1, buoyed by a cameo on The Bachelor, moved more units of their album in its first week of release than any previous Korean act. That was about it for sales records, but the album itself was no stiff; in fact, it’s a canny downshift from the wigged-out “I Am the Best” maximalist mash-ups of the past. “Happy” is a sunny, strummy jaunt with no manic gimmicks and the ballad “Good to You” soars and sweet-talks likably. But Crush‘s centerpiece is “MTBD,” which spotlights group member CL on a bratty squirt of EDM-hip-pop with a bubblegum trap groove.C.A.

5

Ariana Grande, ‘My Everything’

Despite Miley’s relentless twerk party, Nickelodeon has surpassed the Disney Channel as the alma mater of America’s pop contessa. With her savvy second album, Ariana Grande expands her tiny, retro-tidy shadow, leading with a trio of undeniable Max Martin-polished boom shots — sax-squawking funk frolic “Problem” (with Iggy Azalea), gloriously soaring EDM flex “Break Free” (with Zedd), pulsing prom ballad “Love Me Harder” (with an awakened the Weeknd) — and then reaching in unexpected directions. “Hands on Me” (featuring a bubbly A$AP Ferg) is a winningly goofy sex jam, while the Benny Blanco/Cashmere Cat collabo “Be My Baby” explicitly ushers Grande from the soda counter to bottle service. C.A.

4

Maroon 5, ‘V’

Since their 2002 debut, the pop-rock stylings of Maroon 5 have increasingly become more pop than rock (on V, Sia, Ryan Tedder and Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins all add exciting layers) and the band’s ability to make catchy singles has increasingly become more nuanced and effortless. V is the sound of a band fully relaxing into their position as the Top 40′s house band, with “Maps” and “Animals” ruling the summer with addicting choruses and electropop-tinged energy. B.S.

3

Lana Del Rey, ‘Ultraviolence’

Featuring nightmarish levels of romantic codependency set to astoundingly dreamy orchestrations, Lana Del Rey’s best album celebrates the poisonous power of the unsettlingly soothing lullaby. Sweet and creepy,Ultraviolence pushes the Stepford Wives vibe of 2012′s Born to Die to the hilt while refining its vertiginous beauty. Produced largely by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, it’s a fastidiously sick shrine to junkies, alcoholics and the good-girls-gone-bad who adore them. LDR feeds her appetite for self-destruction, spinning it into an ocean-sized F.U. to all her haters. Swapping trip-hop for swirling rock ballad sophistication, Ultraviolenceshowcases the once-derided singer’s drastically improved pipes and far more nuanced delivery; her sighing alto warble now imparts lust and resignation, determination and simmering rage — even in the softest, most symphonic moments. B.W.

2

Taylor Swift, ’1989′

Country bequeathed Taylor Swift a devoted fanbase and grounded her will to power; but as a maturing songwriter, she was destined to reject the faux-smalltown party. On 1989, her vision fully blooms in a pop landscape unbound by demands of authenticity. The album’s sound draws from an Eighties moment when heartland pop-rock meant vistas of keyboards, reverb and synthetic drums; on masterful songs like “Blank Space,” “Style,” “Out of the Woods” and “Clean,” Swift storifies clichés to imply intimate, dramatic narratives; and producers Max Martin and Shellback ensure that every sonic space hooks you in. Infectious lead single “Shake It Off” is a rare slip, calling out haters in a goofy cheerleader chant, while the video positions Swift as a normcore naif. But otherwise, 1989 pulls off a rare trick: It portrays a glossy reinvention as finally coming home. C.A.

1

Charli XCX, ‘Sucker’

Charli XCX is the pop star 2014 was waiting for: a badass songwriting savant who’s the most fun girl at the party. After helping Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea hit the Top 10, the 22-year-old Brit broke out on her own withSucker, a middle-finger-wagging teenage riot packed into 12 punky gems. She channels the Ramones while singing about swaggering around Hollywood (“London Queen”) and turns out a perfect piece of Fifties jukebox pop (“Need Your Love”). Sucker is a dance party, a mosh pit and a feminist rally. “Everything was wrong with you, so breaking up was easy to do,” she sweetly sings while unloading a loser boyfriend on “Breaking Up.” Sorry, bro: Now everyone knows Charli’s in charge. C.G.

source -Rolling Stone

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 20 December 2014 the Xmas number 1 is Sam Smith

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 20 December 2014
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 Sam Smith I’m Not The Only One Up 2 3 1 (2 & 1) 8
2 Ella Henderson Rockets Up 2 4 2 7
3 Basement Jaxx Never Say Never Down 2 1 1 (2) 15 Last Week’s #1
4 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Up 2 6 4 4
5 Tresor feat. AKA Mount Everest Down 3 2 2 15
6 Nicole Scherzinger On The Rocks Down 1 5 5 10
7 Chris Brown Time For Love Up 3 10 7 6
8 Meghan Trainor Lips Are Movin’ NC 8 5 7
9 Tucan Tucan Sondela Down 2 7 4 12
10 Bo Seretsane Rise Down 1 9 4 20
11 Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo Time Of Our Lives Up 4 15 11 2
12 Goapele Hey Boy Down 1 11 6 10
13 Beatenberg Rafael NC 13 1 (2) 22 Joint Longest Running Song
14 Sam Smith Restart NC 14 14 4
15 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Real Love Up 5 20 15 2 Highest Climber
16 Mi Casa Your Body Up 2 18 16 6 SA Top 10 #1
17 Olly Murs Wrapped Up Up 2 19 17 3
18 Nico & Vinz When The Day Comes Down 6 12 11 8 Biggest Faller
19 Cheryl Cole feat. Tinie Tempah Crazy Stupid Love New 19 1
20 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back Down 4 16 3 22 Joint Longest Running Song
21 Ralf Gum feat. Portia Monique Free (Is All I Wanna Be) Down 4 17 11 16
22 Fuse ODG feat. Angel T.I.N.A Up 3 25 22 3
23 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass Down 1 22 1 (5) 16
24 Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones I Got U New 24 1
25 Pitbull feat. John Ryan Fireball Down 4 21 2 11
26 Chris Brown Add Me In Down 3 23 23 2
27 Chad Saaiman Loving You Is Easy Down 3 24 12 15
28 Alicia Keys We Are Here Down 2 26 11 11
29 Mr Probz Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) Down 2 27 7 17
30 Ella Henderson Ghost Down 1 29 8 17

Wayne Smith to return to the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 season

One of world rugby’s leading coaches, Wayne Smith, is to return to the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 season, it was announced today.

Smith, who was part of the All Blacks coaching staff from 2004 through to the team’s victory at Rugby World Cup 2011, and a Chiefs Assistant Coach from 2012-2014, will come in as a specialist defence coach and joins the coaching team of Head Coach Steve Hansen, Assistant Coach Ian Foster and fellow specialist coaches Mike Cron (forwards) and Mick Byrne (skills).

Born in the Waikato town of Putaruru, 57-year-old Wayne Smith CNZM played 35 games and 17 Tests for the All Blacks between 1980 and 1985 before embarking on his successful coaching career.

He coached the Crusaders to back-to-back Super Rugby victories in 1998 and 1999 (alongside Steve Hansen) and was a technical advisor to the All Blacks in 1998-1999 before taking over the top job for the following two seasons.

He spent three seasons with English club Northampton from 2001 to 2004 before re-joining the All Blacks coaching set up alongside Sir Graham Henry and Hansen.

Smith helped coach the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup victory in 2011 before joining the Chiefs coaching set up under Head Coach Dave Rennie helping the team to back-to-back Super Rugby victories in 2012 and 2013.

Dan Carter leaves NZ Rugby at end of 2015 season

Daniel Carter, world rugby’s leading points scorer and one of the greatest players to ever don the All Blacks jersey, is to leave New Zealand rugby at the end of the 2015 season.

The All Blacks and Crusaders first five-eighth has announced he has signed a three-year deal with French Top 14 club Racing Metro. It will be Carter’s second stint in France after he played five games for Perpignan in 2008-2009 during his sabbatical from New Zealand rugby.

32-year-old Carter said it was exciting to confirm his future post 2015.

“It’s going to be an awesome adventure for me and my family. Having visited France many times, including my time with Perpignan, I know what the French culture and their rugby culture is like and it’s something I really love.

“Having said that, it’s the immediate future that is exciting me at the moment. 2015 is going to be a big year and I’m looking forward to getting into it, firstly with the Crusaders and then hopefully with the All Blacks. My body is feeling really good, I’m training really hard and getting some good conditioning in so I can hit the ground running next year. I’m looking forward to getting out and playing some good footy.”

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said while everyone was looking forward to seeing Carter in action in 2015, today’s announcement was an opportunity to celebrate everything he had already achieved in New Zealand rugby.

“I am sure all New Zealand rugby fans will celebrate Dan’s remaining time in New Zealand and he will leave with New Zealand rugby’s very best wishes.

“Dan has been incredibly loyal to New Zealand Rugby over the years and for that we thank him. Whilst everyone is aware of his outstanding achievements on the rugby field, it’s also important to note that during his career he recommitted to New Zealand at two critical junctures in our rugby history – after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and again following the 2011 tournament.

“That decision by Dan and other senior players to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby after 2007 should not be underestimated; he was a key part of a group of players who formed the backbone of the All Blacks over the following years, which ultimately helped the All Blacks to victory at Rugby World Cup 2011. For that we will be eternally grateful to him. We look forward to having him in New Zealand for one final season.”

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “On behalf of the All Blacks, I want to congratulate Dan on his decision and also on his career to date. He is still in the midst of a wonderful career, both as a provincial and Super Rugby player and an All Black, and will leave us as the greatest first five-eighth ever.

“Whilst he hasn’t finished yet in New Zealand, he has already set the benchmark for first five play, and we look forward to seeing him out on the paddock in 2015.”

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder added: “Dan Carter has given so much to rugby in this region. He is one of the most famous rugby players in the world, but he is still a local lad who has never forgotten his roots. ‘DC’ is the ultimate team player and his contribution is as significant off the field as it is on the field.

“The Crusaders will be very sad to see a player of DC’s calibre go, but we are thankful for all that he has given us over the last 11 years and we are looking forward to a final season with him in 2015. I know that this will be a special season for Dan and we’ll certainly be hoping to help him leave on a high note.”

Daniel Carter – biography

From the small rural Canterbury town of Southbridge, 32-year-old Daniel Carter has grown into an icon of world rugby since making his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002 and his Super Rugby and All Blacks debut the following year. World rugby’s foremost first five-eighth and two-time World Rugby Player of the Year, he holds numerous All Blacks and international rugby records. He is one of five All Blacks centurions and the leading points scorer in world rugby, scoring a staggering 1457 points (29 tries, 260 conversions, 258 penalties, six dropped goals) in his 102 Tests to date, for an average of 14 points per Test. He is also the leading points scorer in Investec Super Rugby and a Super centurion, amassing 1581 points (33 tries, 264 conversions, 285 penalties, 11 dropped goals) in his 11 seasons to date. Carter was named New Zealand Player of the Year in 2004, won the New Zealand and World titles in 2005 and was again World Player in 2012. He was also a World Player nominee in 2006 and 2008.

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