It was a fitting tribute to a decorated career (so far) that Dan Carter was the first on the Twickenham pitch on Saturday afternoon.
The New Zealand fly-half, who was voted the IRB Player of the Year in 2005 and 2012, made his 100th All Blacks appearance and was decked out in golden boots to mark the occasion.
The Christchurch-born No10 is a good omen having faced England on nine previous occasions and helping the World Cup holders emerge triumphant in eight of those meetings.
The Canterbury No10's father had flown over from New Zealand for the clash but Carter's special day was cut cruelly short after he was replaced by Aaron Cruden due to an Achilles injury.
Nevertheless, Carter still managed to score seven points which took his all-time record Test tally to 1,442 points and has become the second-most capped New Zealander - behind captain Richie McCaw.
Despite Carter's absence for 55 minutes of New Zealand's 13th Test of 2013, the All Blacks showed their backbone to weather an England comeback and seal a 30-22 win at the home of English rugby.
And New Zealand skipper McCaw said to Carter at Twickenham after the eight-point win: "Having him in the team certainly makes your job easy.
"His contribution has been phenomenal. We take for granted how good he is. We expect great things every time."
Despite a tame end to his 100th New Zealand appearance, Carter has cemented his place in rugby history and should add a significant number of caps to that tally ahead of the World Cup in 2015.
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