There are certain names that are legendary like Richie McCaw who was the former captain of the All Blacks team.
Last summer he was instrumental in helping his team win the World Cup. Sam Cane was seen to be following in his heels who are found to be a carbon copy of the captain in many ways. Now it seems that Sam Cane might just be right to take up Richie McCaw’s position in the team
There is a lot of fanfare that follows Richie wherever he goes. That is understandable as the captain of a legendary superpower rugby team is sure to command such an effect. Steve Hansen had a large duty at hand when he had to handle several retirements at one go. The most difficult one is to find a replacement for Richie McCaw. The captain of the All Blacks team is a position that is difficult to fill, especially when the role had been successfully carried out by Richie who has gained considerable fame for his skills and leadership on the field. McCaw has been with the team for 14 years, a feat that is rare when transfers are common and players look out for their careers individually than stay committed to a team. He was captain for the team for ten seasons. He even won Player of the Year award in World Rugby three times. He has been instrumental for the victories that All Blacks team has sustained in the world Rugby Cup tournaments.
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Richie McCaw has been impressed by Bundee Aki’s performance and has invited him to come home and work for the home team.
Ma’a Nonu as well as Conrad Smith retired from what was considered a legendary partnership in the midfield position. Another legendary player is Bundee Aki, who plays for Connacht. Aki has been part of the historic rise that Connacht has witnessed over time. He has showcased his prowess as well as power and being able to interpret the game well. This season he has helped his team excel in their performance. As a result, it is being thought that Connacht will be able to overpower the Glasgow Warriors. Continue reading →
New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw has visibly struggled to recapture his best in the first few months of the new season of the Super XV but he has vehemently denied suggestions that the All Blacks’ domestic players are now looking at the game in the region as an afterthought.
The Kiwi has played almost 503 minutes for the Crusaders across their first nine matches this season, but the entire team has failed to set the stage alight and it has resulted in them sitting in a mediocre position of fourth on the table in the New Zealand conference.
He sat down for an interview with a local television channel recently where he admitted that he knows he is not playing to his standard, to his peak and he added that it is the same for all the players in the side. However, he added that when one is going backwards, it is hard to have an impact and in the last few weeks, he certainly hasn’t had the impact that he would have liked.
But Richie McCaw has denied claims that All Blacks player don’t look at the Super Rugby with that much importance anymore. Continue reading →
IRFU has recently announced about its recent bidding aspirations as a possible host for Rugby Women’s World 2017 I at the locations of Belfast and Dublin.
The Ireland Rugby is interested to host pool stages of the tournament at Dublin University College prior to shifting to Belfast to host the semi-finals & the finale at Kingspan Stadium.
While making the announcement for the bid, Mr. Philip Browne, the chief executive from IRFU stated- “Participation and interest in the women rugby is increasing at great length & counting on this very momentum, we feel that Ireland would be able to deliver best possible Rugby World till date.”
“We are hopeful that this rising interest in female rugby here, accompanied by our world-leading arrangements at UCD, Kingspan Stadium, Queens University Sport & our internationally revered impression for being 1 among the most welcoming countries of the world would make our bid a true standout submission in the 2017 tournament.” Continue reading →
Aviva Premiership giants the London Irish Rugby Union Football Club have confirmed the signing of New Zealand international prop Ben Franks for the upcoming Premiership season.
The 30 year old , who has earned 30 caps for the All Blacks, has put pen to paper on a three year deal at the club and will join from the New Zealand based Super Rugby XV club the Hurricanes.
Franks was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup winning New Zealand side and was also a part of the team that went unbeaten in internationals throughout 2013. Bob Casey, the London Irish operations director said that Ben is a player of top quality and the club is delighted that he has decided that his future lies with the Exiles. Continue reading →