Hopefully, it isn't too late to roll out the red carpet. A story blew in and out a week or so ago, claiming Dan Carter might consider making Auckland even more of a home by playing for the Blues.
This is just about the best news for rugby in this part of the world since Frank Oliver left (sorry Frank, just kidding, you weren't the only disaster up here, not by a long chalk).
If rugby was truly professional, and the Auckland Rugby Union wasn't run by blokes who are glorified car parking attendants, then Carter should be a cinch for this city's team.
Auckland needs Dan Carter, and New Zealand rugby needs its major region to be invigorated.
The Blues are short of real stars, the sort who get the turnstile clicking and win titles. As long as Carter is fully recovered from a serious leg injury, there isn't a better prospect to fire up the game in this city than the billboard king himself.
Auckland, and even the NZRU, should bust a boiler to get Carter into the Auckland ranks rather than see him return to Canterbury after his injury-ruined sojourn in France.
Source: NZ Herald