Richie Mccaw On Head Tackles

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

FIRE SEASON: BECK HELICOPTERS’ HUEY TO REMAIN IN CHRISTCHURCH

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

RICHIE MCCAW TAKES BIRTHDAY GIRL ON HELICOPTER RIDE

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

Sergio Back In Italy Squad

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 Busy Even After Retirement

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

Jonny Wilkinson has Influence

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 Finds Balance In Life

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

Richie McCaw To Get A Replacement Soon

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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