However, he did play in the games against Italy in Melbourne, which the All Blacks won 70–7, and the wins over Canada and Tonga.Although he has been an All Black since 2003 he only secured a permanent position as the first five-eighth in the team during the 2004 tour to the United Kingdom and France displacing Carlos Spencer.Along with Richie Mc Caw Carter earns 750,000 NZD a year being the joint highest paid player in New Zealand.
He had been playing as a second five-eighths up until the end of the 2004 Tri-Nations.
In 2005, Carter starred in the All Blacks 48–18 win over the British and Irish Lions.
Although they lost the 20 finals, in 2005 Carter had moved to first five-eighth.
He regularly played with first-five eighth Andrew Mehrtens before Mehrtens left the team following their 2004 season.
In 20 the Crusaders won the competition, and in the 2006 season Carter scored the most individual points for a player in one season with 221.
In April 2008, Carter was linked with several European clubs, including Stade Toulousain who in April 2008 offered Carter "the biggest rugby contract in world rugby", at £750,000 per year.
(equaling the record three awards of Richie Mc Caw) and has won four Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and six Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks.
Carter became injured in 2011 during the 2011 Rugby World Cup but was a key member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup-winning teams, becoming one of only twenty dual Rugby Union World Cup winners.
He attended Ellesmere College where he played mostly at first five-eighth, and then in his final year he transferred to Christchurch Boys High School to further his chances of making it big in rugby.
Some have said he was a shy and quiet young man who kept grand aspirations to himself.
Carter was then included in New Zealand's 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, where he first gained serious international attention.