Racing 92's Dan Carter, of New Zealand.
Racing 92's Dan Carter, of New Zealand. Laurent Cipriani

All Blacks great Carter admits to drink-driving

FORMER All Blacks star Dan Carter has admitted to drink-driving in France.

Two French media outlets say Carter, the two-time World Cup winner, was caught by police drink-driving late on Wednesday night, near the Champs-Elysees. Carter reportedly did not have his driver's licence with him and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.98g per litre, above the limit of 0.5g.

"No excuses - I made a massive error of judgment and have let down my club, my fans and most importantly my family," Carter said on Facebook.

According to French media, Carter was not held in custody or put in a cell, but his car was impounded. He will reportedly appear in court, Closer magazine and L'Equipe reported.

The 34-year-old now plays for French club Racing 92.

The deal is reported to be the most lucrative contract in professional rugby, estimated to be worth more than $2 million a season.

Carter played 112 Tests for the All Blacks between 2003-15 and is the highest-point scorer in the history of Test rugby.