New Zealand star Dan Carter has announced he will join wealthy French club Racing Metro at the end of 2015 on a three-year contract.
The deal, which could be worth as much as £1million per year, will bring the curtain down on Carter's stellar Test career.
However, world rugby's leading points scorer and one of the All Blacks' all-time leading players will feature at next autumn's World Cup before linking up with the Top 14 club.
The 32-year-old fly-half's announcement confirms a second stint in France, having previously played for Perpignan.
England 21 New Zealand 24 player ratings
England 21 New Zealand 24 player ratings
1/32 Mike Brown - 7
Mike Brown – At his reliable best, but lacked a cutting edge with the ball in hand that we’ve come to expect. Solid would be an appropriate word
2/32 Semesa Rokodugani - 5
Non-existent with the ball given England didn’t know how to get him into the game. Useful in defence, but replaced after 62 minutes on his debut
3/32 Brad Barritt
He’s definitely not a 13, and it showed as he lacked the imagination and creativity they desperately needed
4/32 Kyle Eastmond – 6
Gave away three needless penalties in the first half but coped well thereafter. A tough ask to mark Williams, but manned up to the task
5/32 Jonny May – 8
Scored an unforgettable 50m try to light up Twickenham. His best performance yet of a very young and promising career
6/32 Owen Farrell – 6
His decision making was strong and kicking for goal as reliable as ever. Tactical kicking still needs perfecting though and it puts England under pressure
7/32 Danny Care – 6
Not at his sniping best but came to life when England were on the front-foot. Replaced by Youngs with 20 minutes to go to show he wasn’t firing on all cylinders
8/32 Joe Marler – 6
His scrummaging was good and tried to impose on the All Blacks’ pack when he carried, but Lancaster will still want more from the Harlequins captain
9/32 Dylan Hartley – 6
A constant nuisance, although the penalty for a high tackle on Cruden was slightly harsh. Lucky that he wasn’t caught by Coles’ kick. Lineout ball was of the highest calibre
10/32 David Wilson – 7
He’s performing admirably in the long-term absence of Dan Cole, and he can be happy with his performance, having scrummed well. Replaced by Brookes late on
11/32 Dave Attwood – 8
One of England’s standout players, he was strong in stealing New Zealand ball at the line-out and ran for good yards. Fatherhood appears to suit him
12/32 Courtney Lawes - 5
Lasted just 20 minutes after suffering a concussion, but his first-minute hit on Sonny Bill Williams set the tone
13/32 Tom Wood – 7
His mud-stained, blood-splattered shirt told the story, and that was only after 30 minutes. Mammoth work-rate at the breakdown, but New Zealand just squeezed him out of the game
14/32 Chris Robshaw – 6
His decision making will come into question once again as he went for scrums at the death with time against England. Looked out of gas by the end, but you can’t question his commitment
15/32 Billy Vunipola – 7
Ran hard for 53 minutes but is yet to put in a performance like that against the All Blacks two years ago. Took a heavy hit just before he was replaced
Rob Webber – Good impact in late push. 6 Matt Mullan – Picked up where Marler left off in the scrum. 6 Kieran Brookes – Big shove late on helped earn penalty try.6 George Kruis – Missed tackle led to McCaw try, but will learn. 5 Ben Morgan – Tried to carry England forward, to little avail. 6 Ben Youngs – Thrown on behind a pack going backwards. 5 George Ford – Try-saving tackle on Williams was impressive. 7 Anthony Watson – Little chance to impress on debut. 6
17/32 Israel Dagg – 4
Shaky again after his last outing against England, poor pass nearly robbed McCaw of second-half try
18/32 Ben Smith – 7
On another day he could have had two tries. As it was, a constant thorn in England’s side and hugely talented on the ground and in the air
19/32 Conrad Smith – 6
Showed his age for the first time as May burned him on the outside for opening try. Had an unusually quiet game, though is handling was as beautiful as ever
20/32 Sonny Bill Williams – 7
Enjoyed two barrelling runs, and his fist-minute one-handed offload in his own 22 summed up his desire to entertain. Nearly scored had it not been for Ford
21/32 Julian Savea – 6
Nailed Rokoduguni to welcome him to international rugby and charged over Barritt as if he wasn’t there. Got a heavy hit back from his opposite wing, and at last England managed to stop him from scoring
22/32 Aaron Cruden – 6
First-half try should have been chalked off as he grounded the ball short of the line, and his kicking was wayward in tricky conditions. Brought off after 60 minutes
23/32 Aaron Smith – 7
Wood and Vunipola kept him honest, but linked up well when All Blacks were on the attack
24/32 Wyatt Crockett – 7
Enjoyed his battle with Wilson with both enjoying success. Brought off for Ben Franks when the job was done
25/32 Dane Coles – 6
Correctly sin-binned for lashing out at Hartley only to kick Care in error. Has shown previous to let his aggression get the better of him, and must cut it out – even if he is being pulled to ground by the opposition
26/32 Owen Franks – 8
Has become a crucial player for the All Blacks and gives them a solid platform to attack from in the forwards. Second-half break set-up McCaw’s try
27/32 Sam Whitelock – 6
Nearly managed to poach himself a try, and looked bemused when it wasn’t awarded. Has bags of talent in so many areas, although he’ll be disappointed with the line-out disruption
28/32 Brodie Retallick – 7
Brought off at half-time with a shoulder injury, and will be a big miss if he misses the rest of the tour
29/32 Jerome Kaino – 7
Barrelling run in the first half produced Cruden’s try and his physicality in defence borders on the scary. Sacrificed for Mealamu when Coles was sin-binned
30/32 Richie McCaw – 9
Mr All Black was at his best as he constantly turned over English ball. Deserved his try which he did well to catch, and looked like a man who knew he’d always win come the final whistle
31/32 Kieran Read – 7
England did their best to keep him quiet but he continuously popped up lurking around the dangerous Savea
Kevin Mealamu – Brought his experience to help All Blacks cope with 14-men. 6 Ben Franks – Didn’t cope with the fresh England front-row come the end of the match. 5 Charlie Faumuina – Spotted the smallest of gaps that a prop could fit through to score. 7 Patrick Tuipulotu – Introduced at half-time and put in some hefty tackles. 7 Liam Messam – Wasn’t given long due to the sin-bin. 6 T J Perenara – Didn’t show anything to suggest he’ll usurp Smith anytime soon. 5 Beauden Barrett – Kicking was poor but the weather played a big part. 5 Ryan Crotty – All Blacks didn’t enjoy any possession when he came on. 5
He said at a media conference in Auckland on Thursday: "It's going to be an awesome adventure for me and my family.
"Having visited France many times I know what the French culture and their rugby culture is like and it's something I really love.
"Having said that, it's the immediate future that is exciting me at the moment. 2015 is going to be a big year and I'm looking forward to getting into it.
"My body is feeling really good, I'm training really hard and getting some good conditioning in so I can hit the ground running next year. I'm looking forward to getting out and playing some good footy."
Carter made his All Blacks debut in 2003 and has gone on to win 102 caps, one of only five centurions for the national side.
He has broken several records along the way, including amassing an incredible 1,457 points.
"I am sure all New Zealand rugby fans will celebrate Dan's remaining time in New Zealand and he will leave with New Zealand rugby's very best wishes," said New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew.
"Dan has been incredibly loyal to New Zealand Rugby over the years and for that we thank him.
"Whilst everyone is aware of his outstanding achievements on the rugby field, it's also important to note that during his career he recommitted to New Zealand at two critical junctures in our rugby history - after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and again following the 2011 tournament.
"That decision by Dan and other senior players to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby after 2007 should not be underestimated; he was a key part of a group of players who formed the backbone of the All Blacks over the following years, which ultimately helped the All Blacks to victory at Rugby World Cup 2011.
"For that we will be eternally grateful to him. We look forward to having him in New Zealand for one final season."
Steve Hansen, who extended his deal as New Zealand head coach earlier this week, also paid tribute to the two-time world rugby player of the year.
"On behalf of the All Blacks, I want to congratulate Dan on his decision and also on his career to date," he said.
"He is still in the midst of a wonderful career, both as a provincial and Super Rugby player and an All Black, and will leave us as the greatest first five-eighth ever.
"Whilst he hasn't finished yet in New Zealand, he has already set the benchmark for first five play, and we look forward to seeing him out on the paddock in 2015."