Dan Carter has revealed the childhood inspiration behind his wrong-footed conversion in the closing stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.
In the 80th minute of the Twickenham final against Australia, with New Zealand leading 32-17, Carter converted Beauden Barrett's try from in front of the posts with his weaker right foot to complete the victory.
It proved to be the 34-year-old's final contribution to the All Blacks, retiring from international rugby after securing a move to France to play with Racing 92.
Carter said the decision to use his right boot was a nod to his days of kicking with both feet as a youngster.
"That was a bit cheeky. It was my last conversion and we were ahead by more than a try. Liam Messam ran on with the kicking tees and said: 'Why don’t you kick it with your other foot?'," he told Laureus.com.
"It brought back a conversation I had with Aaron Smith, our young half-back, before the tournament. He asked me if I had ever taken a conversion with the wrong foot? And I was like: 'No, but I'd love to, because as a kid on the back yard, I used to kick with both feet'.
"And he goes: 'Well, imagine if it was in the World Cup final, and it's the last kick of your international career - imagine how good that would be'.
"And then the moment came, so I thought why not, and kicked the conversion with my wrong foot. It was a great way to sign off my All Black career."
Carter believes the 2015 triumph was the culmination of work three years' work, forming one of the best teams he has ever played in.
"That's definitely right up there, and I don't know whether it's just the 2015 side, but it was the team the coaches brought together after the 2011 World Cup, so I think the success of 2015 almost started three years before that," he continued.
"We had some amazing years of undefeated seasons; to think we only lost three matches in four years was amazing. So I think the 2015 side was a reflection of all the hard work in the years leading up to that World Cup.
"This team was all about creating history. No other nation had won back-to-back World Cups; no other All Blacks side had won a World Cup outside New Zealand, so to be able to achieve that was a pretty proud moment, and yes, it was a pretty special team and I was thankful I was able to be a part of it."