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All Blacks great Dan Carter on the importance of mental health

November 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Rugby, like any professional sport, comes with ecstatic highs and gut-wrenching lows -- something Dan Carter knows better than most.

(CNN)Rugby, like any professional sport, comes with ecstatic highs and gut-wrenching lows -- something Dan Carter knows better than most.

The former fly-half ended his All Blacks career as the international game's record point scorer, and a host of accolades, including three international Player of the Year awards and a man of the match accolade as New Zealand beat Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

"When I got ruled out of the World Cup here in New Zealand through a serious injury, I was absolutely gutted, I was devastated," Carter tells CNN Sport's Amanda Davies.

Former second-row Kearnan Myall has spoken about battling depression during his playing career, detailing to CNN last September how he had come close to taking his own life, while former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, the second-highest international point scorer behind Carter, has been open about his struggles with anxiety as a player.

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