Undoubtedly, Richie McCaw is one of the best players as far as rugby is concerned. As per referee Nigel Owens, McCaw is not only the greatest, but also hardest rugby player. He made this comment in response to James Haskell when he said rugby went soft as its being followed by a high penalty. The former England player passed this comment and that’s when Owens argued, stating the game is cleaner than before but at the same time, the players are tougher. The courage McCaw shows in every game is commendable and it does amaze people as stated by Owens.
McCaw is known to be capped by New Zealand for 148 times despite performing in the worst of situations. Every game he plays is certainly worth watching as he throws himself in a manner to get all the attention of strong forwards who try to do all it takes to wipe this champion of the ball. This is one of the reasons that Owens feels he is a genuine man and stands class apart when compared to other famous rugby players. In addition, Owens also appreciates the toughness shown by Martyn Williams, the Welsh flanker and Shane Williams, the winger.
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
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
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.
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