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Carter cements points record
ESPNscrum Staff
July 30, 2011
All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter goes for the posts, New Zealand v South Africa, Tri-Nations, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, July 30, 2011
Despite having an off-day from the tee, Carter did enough to surpass Wilkinson's points record © Getty Images
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Imperious All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter regained the world record for the highest points scorer in Tests in their 40-7 win over South Africa on Saturday.

The 29-year-old needed just two points to surpass the total of 1,195 held by Jonny Wilkinson going into the game. And he achieved the feat by slotting a penalty three minutes into the contest with the Springboks in Wellington.

Carter also broke Wilkinson's previous world record of 1,178 in November 2010, but the England international took the record back three months later.

Top points scorers:

Dan Carter (New Zealand)
Points: 1204
Total Tests: 81
Average: 14.9

Jonny Wilkinson (England)
Points: 1195 (1128 England, 67 British & Irish Lions)
Total Tests: 90
Average: 13.3

Neil Jenkins (Wales)
Points: 1090 (1049 Wales, 41 British & Irish Lions)
Total Tests: 91
Average: 12.0

Diego Dominguez (Italy)
Points: 1010 (983 Italy, 27 Argentina)
Total Tests: 76
Average: 13.3

Ronan O'Gara (Ireland)
Points: 1006
Total Tests: 109
Average: 9.5

Andrew Mehrtens (New Zealand)
Points: 967
Total Tests: 70
Average: 13.8

Michael Lynagh (Australia)
Points: 911
Total Tests: 72
Average: 12.7

Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
Points: 893
Total Tests: 102
Average: 8.8

Stephen Jones (Wales)
Points: 942 (889 Wales, 53 British & Irish Lions)
Total Tests: 100
Average: 8.9

Matt Burke (Australia)
Points: 878
Total Tests: 81
Average: 10.8

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