Mark Ella the great of Australian rugby has installed John Eales over Richie McCaw to captain All Blacks-Wallabies team combined of the professional era.
He makes his call within a week when the rivalry of trans-Tasman resumes with the clash of the opening Bledisloe Cup of 2017 on the night of Saturday in Sydney.
Ella, is the first-five dynamic of the early 1980s of rugby, he concedes the dominance of New Zealand of the Bledisloe Cup over the last 14 years. He reflects that with his nine out of the 15 players in the team coming from the ranks of All Blacks after the game became pro in 1996.
In the final test, Richie McCaw was opposite to the Wallabies in World Cup triumph of 2015.
He splits his representatives of Wallabies equally through the backs – second-five Tim Horan and George Gregan halfback, Joe Roff wing, and the forwards –Toutai Kefu No 8, Eales lock and Phil Kearns hooker – but for the role of the skipper, he tips his hat to Eales over McCaw. Continue reading
For Jonny Wilkinson, his belief is that the British and Irish Lions defence could be the platform via which they would be able to successfully push an attack against New Zealand.
In their opening matches of the tour of New Zealand, the Lions showed little attacking flair. However, their mauling of the Chiefs in the midweek saw them in a confident win as they ran in four tries.
The Lions are now in top gear preparations ahead of their Saturday’s first Test holding at the Eden Park where Wilkinson feels the Lions defence would be critical to them laying down an early marker.
Wilkinson, who is an ambassador for Land Rover noted that a team must score more points than the other to emerge winner.
“People get asked questions and respond to the questions in the best way they can but ultimately both teams will realise to win a game you must score more points than the other,” he said.
Wilkinson also stated that two ways to achieve a win would either be scoring a lot of points or preventing the other team from scoring any. Continue reading
No one knows better than rugby stars like Richie McCaw about the tackles in rugby and how that can be gruesome and lead to fatal injuries to the players.
Hence it should come as no surprise that Richie backs high tackle rules. Having handled the captainship position of All Blacks, Richie McCaw feels that he is fortunate to have not suffered from any head problems that could have had long term consequences for his health. As a result high tackles and rules coming in to wipe them out in rugby is backed by Richie. However, not every player is lucky and many have suffered deadly consequences due to head tackle moves.
Richie is one of the most decorated and capped players in international rugby. He is currently enjoying his retired life and shares his views on how the game evolves and the directions that it should take. Even if roughness are inherent in rugby, but limiting head contact is a sensible move by World Rugby as felt by many experts including Richie. Continue reading
The past few weeks have seen the two Huey Beck Helicopter become well known to residents of Christchurch’s Port Hills after they came in to help battle the fire in the Port Hills.
Widely associated with the Vietnam War, the Beck helicopter choppers is currently being used by the duo of Alan Beck, owner of Eltham’s Beck Helicopters and Richie McCaw, former All Blacks Rugby player.
The fire went on to scorch no less than 2000 hectares before finally being contained. However, Beck believes that the area is still not yet totally out of danger. As such, the well-known Taranaki flying ace has been drafted to remain on standby in Christchurch, while Beck will loan out one of his company’s Hueys to the Christchurch Helicopters, until the fire season comes to an end.
The chopper, which adorns the white, red and black colours has been renamed “Excalibur” after the famous bat used by cricketer Lance Cairns. Continue reading
November 29 saw Richie McCaw and the police in a combined effort to give a belated birthday treat to an eleven year old girl displaced by the Nov. 14th earthquake.
Stevie Dineen, the 11 year old girl, was at the Christchurch helicopters and had no idea why she had been brought there.
However, a familiar face soon rounded the corner, thus lighting her face up.
“It’s Richie McCaw,” Jack, her 9-year-old brother said as he clapped his hands together.
The family had left their home in Hapuku, north of Kaikoura in order to escape the earthquake, and were unable to celebrate her birthday on November 25.
Penny Rusbatch, Police Senior Constable had earlier in the week visited the family while she was helping out during the Nov. 14 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
Stevie’s brother, Jack, had told Rusbatch that his sister was supposed to have celebrated her birthday on Nov. 25th and she was touched.
Stevie’s mother, Lisa had said they would have to postpone her birthday celebrations until later, considering all that was going on.
Rusbatch asked Stevie what she wanted and the little girl replied that she would love a ride in a helicopter. Continue reading
The Italy squad sees Sergio Parisse back on board. With players like Alessandro Zanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini and others, the Tests would see Sergio is coming back to play as the country team is being spruced up for the Tests in November. There are upcoming Test matches to be played against Tonga, South Africa and New Zealand.
Zanni had been a back row forward player and Leonardo a hooker among the group of veteran players being called back for the game. Conor O’Shea is the coach as well as captain of the team who is currently looking into the team composition. The trios of players, who have been called back, make up about one point short of 300 caps. Continue reading
McCaw is the face of Christchurch even after retiring from professional rugby.
You can see him featured on the posters on the streets on which his movie “Chasing Great” is advertised. You can also find his face in the book stores that sells his latest book “148” that gives insights into all the matches that McCaw played for the popular New Zealand team. The book is one of the best sellers. That’s not all. You will find this Christchurch man’s huge hoardings outside the Christchurch airport, which carries an advertisement spend a full day with him in his Eurocopter AS350
Richie McCaw is a very busy man after retiring from the All Blacks team. Even though he has hung up his boots and quit rugby, it looks like his life has certainly not slowed down. He is still one of the most recognizable faces in New Zealand. He is enjoying life to the fullest and doing what all he could not do when he was playing professional rugby for 15 years. He has achieved everything in his long career with the All Blacks by winning two World Cups and also bagging the title of the World Rugby Player of the Year Award thrice. Continue reading
Behind many great men are motivational forces that come into play. For instance, the head coach of Toulon, the French giant’s team, revealed that his decision to join this team was partly because Jonny Wilkinson convinced him to do the same. As a result of his decision Mike Ford has joined the team as the back coach for the French giant’s team in Toulon.
The new decision comes on as Ford has been on the lookout for a new assignment. He was sacked by Bath about four months back as the last year campaign turned out to be disappointing for this team. Continue reading
Jonny Wilkinson is a former star of English rugby; he states that, after retirement, he has found balance which has made his life healthier and happier. He states that previously his life had been miserable when he was trying to be perfect. After he retired from playing rugby at the international level this star of the former England rugby team, states that, he has sought ways to find a balance in his life to be healthy and happy at the same time.
He states that he used to put pressure on himself to be perfect which often made him miserable. His career has been an incredible one as a fly half at international levels. As his active playing days are behind him, he states that he was only relaxed and happy when he was playing a match. Jonny is widely acknowledged as a rugby union player with the finest skills. He started playing for his country at the age of 18. Continue reading