Casey Laulala: A team mate and private taxi driver for former All Black Dan Carter

Crusaders first-five eighth Dan Carter congratulates team mate Casey Laulala after scoring against the Highlanders in ...
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Crusaders first-five eighth Dan Carter congratulates team mate Casey Laulala after scoring against the Highlanders in Christchurch in 2006.

All Blacks legend Dan Carter has his own private taxi driver in the form of Racing 92 teammate Casey Laulala. 

Carter, who was stripped of his license in February for drink driving, is utilising his former All Blacks and Crusaders team mate to help him get around Paris. 

"I'm his Uber driver now," Laulala told AFP.

Casey Laulala, in action for Canterbury, against Tasman in 2008.
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Casey Laulala, in action for Canterbury, against Tasman in 2008.

"I am the one who will look for him and bring him home every day . . . but he misses not being able to drive."

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Laulala, who played 61 games for the Crusaders and a couple of tests for the All Blacks, has struck up an even stronger relationship with Carter since he was pulled over in February without his license, and a blood alcohol level nearly twice the limit of 0.5 grams per litre of blood. 

"I made sure that he was fine, that he had someone to talk to," Laulala said. '"Few people have access to him . . . I see him more than anyone else in the team."

After recovering from a groin injury suffered in February, Carter has bounced back to form to propel his French club into the Top 14 playoffs, where they will play Montpellier for a spot in the semifinals this weekend.

Laulala said his team's late season revival was down to Carter, who left New Zealand after the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 

"It's thanks to him. His brain has such an ability to anticipate. He is always one or two steps ahead of most of us. We have to adapt to what he is doing."

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Laulala also commented on former All Black lock Ali Williams, who was culled by the French team after being arrested for cocaine possession in February. 

"Ali's fine. He's a very positive person. He's looking at the different options available to him," he told AFP. 

 - Stuff

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