Richie McCaw One Of The Hardest Rugby Players

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.
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Nick Easter admits that they could’ve lost to a better team

Nick Easter of the Harlequins team said that they might have lost the game to a better team after his team won against London Irish, they had to fight hard to secure their victory at Twickenham.

According to Easter, their play was good for the first half but they had let the London Irish get the better of them at the breakdown and he thinks it would have been better left to the referee.

Director of rugby for the Harlequins team, Connor O’Shea said the same thing. He said that in the first half, they were clearly in a better position and comfortably so, but failed to perform up to the mark in the second half of the game. He further added that their poor discipline was advantageous for their opponent, they had given a lot of penalties and near about none of the decisions were in their favour.

But even though O’Shea wasn’t satisfied at all with their performance he was happy at how their players were able to “dig in” when they had players “in the bin”.

In spite of being on a dominating position, the Irish failed to secure their ultimate victory. Their number of players reduced to 13 and to a significant extent they had to rely on the penalties of the opposition.

Brian Smith, director of rugby for the Irish team is of the opinion that because of their failure to perform well in the first half of the game, pressure mounted on them in the second half. He said that the game was a classic one.

He said that their opponent got the better of them in the first half and they too failed to fire any shot, but at the second half, they had a chance at winning.

Tom Homer, the Irish Full back came back after suffering injury in his knees and he couldn’t play for long. It was very disappointing for Smith and he hopes that the damage to his ligament is a minor one

McCaw set to equal Meads 43-year old record

New Zealand Skipper Richie McCaw will match a 43-year record of Colin Meads on Sunday when New Zealand faces Argentina in La Plata to keep the Rugby Championship title.

Legendary Colin Meads appeared in 55 Tests and 78 other matches which come to a total off 133times for the All Blacks before announcing his retirement in 1971.McCaw has still now worn the famous black 132 times with all but one match against the Barbarians being Tests.

Meads is considered to be one of the greatest All Blacks and was awarded as the New Zealand Rugby Player of the Century in 1999. McCaw has been a worthy successor and has silenced all the critics who criticized the decision of elevating a raw 20-year-old talent to the 2001 national squad. McCaw leaded the hosts New Zealand to the 2011 World Cup title and have dominated the Rugby Championship since its 2012 birth under his leadership.

The All Blacks under Richie McCaw dominated with 15 wins and a draws and Argentina have struggled among the elite with just one draw and 15 losses. The current form of both the teams indicate a win for New Zealand but coach Steve Hansen in an interview with media praised the Argentine squad. He added that in order to beat them they have to deliver a quality performance which should be full of excitement, energy, physicality and accuracy. Steve congratulated his captain on being able to equal the long standing record and also believed that he does not see an end to his captain’s career in the near future.

Richie McCaw will certainly be at the centre of attraction on Sunday’s game. He has been the world’s most successful test captain and been named the IRB player of the year three times. McCaw who debuted against Ireland as a 20-year old still finds the same passion for the games thirteen after

London Wasps looking forward to European success

London Wasps had a mixed bag of performances over the last few days in the domestic and international front. They were heavily defeated by the Northampton Saints with a score line of 74-13 in the Aviva Premiership semi final clash between the two at Franklin’s Gardens. Although the hosts received a minor scare as the Wasps led 13-0 in the very beginning of the game, they managed to come back with a strong reply. After the first few jitters the Saints never looked back and made it a one sided affair with their fierce and strong play. Dai Young the director of rugby for the club admitted that it was an embarrassing result for them as they had experimented with the team by giving chance to a few inexperienced players. But they failed to come to the party at the right time. Moreover sloppy play and the controversial decision of the try awarded against them which involved the captain of the team proved to be a crucial moment in the game.

However the team’s performance in the first leg of the European play-off was impressive. Wasps succeeded in defeating Stade Francais 30-29 in a close encounter between the two which will allow them to tak ea one point lead into the second leg of the play off. The Andy Goode penalty in the last minute helped seal the deal for the Premiership team. Tom Varndell, Ashley Jonson and Joey Simpson were responsible for scoring the tries for their side. The Director of rugby Dai Young was visibly happy with his team’s performance and applauded the spirit shown by his players. The fans shall be hoping much like the Director that the team consolidates on the slender lead that they have got and put up even better performances to seal their berth in the following round.

Sharks sign Sergio Parisse heir apparent de Marchi

Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks has announced the capture of talented Italian international prop forward Alberto de Marchi ahead of the new season of the Premiership.

The 28 year old, who grew up idolizing legendary Italian skipper Sergio Parisse and is considered as a future international skipper himself, was a part of the Italian squad that recently competed in the Six Nations Championship, staring each of their five games, has been brought in to replace the outgoing England international Henry Thomas who is set to join Sale’s Premiership rivals Bath Rugby in the new season.

Diamond has mentioned that the club had to fight off stiff competition from French heavyweights and the reigning European champions Toulon to complete his signing from Treviso, his Italian club.

The legendary boss stated that de Marchi has had a great time with the Italian team at the Six Nations Championship and that brought him to the attention of the major clubs from Europe. He is hopeful that the player will prove to a great asset for the club as it looks to achieve the unthinkable for a club like them and fight on all fronts next season.

He mentioned that Italian is a great scrummager and his mobility allows him to move all over the pitch during a game. Moreover, the fact that his defensive skills are beyond any question will make him a great asset for the club in the future.

Diamond finds his side at fifth in the Aviva Premiership table with just seven points separating them from a place in the playoff semifinals which will be a great achievement for the club considering it was fighting to save relegation from the top flight last season escaping by the skin of their teeth.

New Zealanders want Richie McCaw to continue

A recent poll conducted in New Zealand by Herald DigiPoll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of New Zealanders want their ageing but legendary skipper Richie McCaw to lead the side out as they head to England next year to defend their Rugby World Cup title.

The poll put forward a very simple question for fans to answer: asking whether they though the Rugby World Cup winning captain of the team on home soil in 2011 should call it quits ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England in September when he will be a few days short of his 35th birthday.

A majority of 50.6 per cent of the men surveyed believe the inspirational still has a lot to offer to the side while 54.8 per cent of women surveyed want to see Richie McCaw lead the team next summer as well.

A whopping 53.3 per cent of New Zealanders want to see McCaw continue while the number comes down to around 51.8 per cent for the area in Auckland.

If the legendary skipper does indeed start against Australia in the first match of their Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign at the new Wembley Stadium, he will be 34 years and 263 days old, an age where most players are either retired or contemplate retirement.

Although McCaw missed a large duration of last season due to an injury, there is no doubting his peak physical conditioning means he will still be a force for the team. Although he has lost that yard of pace, his work ethic, energy and intelligence makes the whole New Zealand team tick and if the team does include Richie McCaw in the side for the Rugby World Cup 2015, there are chances of them sealing another triumph at the home of the sport.

The Greatest Openside Flankers

The New Zealand Rugby Union player, Richard Hugh “Richie” McCaw is the present test captain for the national rugby team of the country, the All Blacks. He is a predominant player in the openside flanker position of the New Zealand as well as Crusaders and Canterbury teams. However, he has also played as a number 8 and blindside flanker.

The two key attributes that are considered to have made Richie McCaw one of the greatest openside flankers are his ability of anticipating play and the adaptability he shows to the rulings of the referees. Richie was selected for the New Zealand National Rugby Team All Blacks in the end of year tour in 2001. He debuted for New Zealand against Ireland. He was also awarded the man of the match in that tournament and earned selection as first choice openside flanker for the team of New Zealand for the 2003 World Cup tournament. Excepting a few games, Richie McCaw has been a regular selection for the New Zealand rugby team. He was appointed the captain of the All Blacks in 2006 and also led the team at the world cup tournament in 2007. The elimination of the team in the quarter finals had brought up criticism regarding in captaincy, but he achieved victory for his team in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The tournaments in 2012-13 saw the All Blacks win almost twelve tests, draw in one and lose only one. They also won the Rugby Championship with a cent percent winning record. McCaw during this time overtook George Gregan on the winning side, for most times, with 94. Richie recorded his 100th victory in Dunedin against South Africa. Richie McCaw was announced a nominee for the IRB Player of the year, however he lost the title to Dan Carter, his fellow team mate.

Parisse is one of the best

There has been a lot of talk regarding who is the best player in his position in Rugby Union in the world at the moment and several names have come up in those discussions regarding the best and according to many fans and critics, Italian international Sergio Parisse is arguably one of the best players, if not the very best of his generation.

According to journalist Mick Cleary, the Italian international is an absolute war horse with sublime vision and touch. He might have one of the most stunning models on his arm and might be voted as one of the most charming men in rugby, but first and foremost, it is what he does on the field and does with so much attitude and guile that makes him such a massive talking point.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Sergio Parisse is one of the best # 8s to have played international rugby and that statement in itself shows how good he actually is. The likes of Buck Shelford, Merve ‘The Swerve’ Davies or even Lou Dallaglio could disagree with the statement but it must be remembered that these players made a name for themselves in all conquering teams. Parisse, meanwhile, has had to do it with his team on the back foot.

He might be one of the flashiest players around but he has no show boating tendencies and he is also not afraid to get his hands dirty. And as the skipper of the Italian national team, Sergio Parisse has shown that he is capable of leading the team by example and although the Italian team is no pushover, just having Parisse around to lead from the front is something that has made them the force they are now. And at 26, Parisse will grow a lot more and more discussions will be held in his favor.

All about Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw at the age of 32 is a New Zealand born rugby player and the captain of the all blacks. He is the openside flanker for the Crusaders and the Canterbury rugby teams.

His first international debut was at an early age of 20 when the new all black coach selected him for the end of year tour to Ireland in 2011. Where New Zealand was victorious by a 40-29 and he was awarded the man of the match. Richie McCaw prove his worth by the end of that very season and was selected for both the new Zealand rugby football union under-21 and player of the year  by air new Zealand NPC division one. In 2006 with the Richie McCaw brilliant performance led the crusaders to the Super Rugby title and was finally named the captain of the all blacks on May 2006. In the 2007 world cup the All Blacks were pooled with Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Romania. It was a cakewalk for New Zealand team and the made it through the pool play. However in the quarter-finals they lost to France and they had a premature exit from the world cup.

The All Blacks had a more or less slow start in the beginning of the 2009 season under their new coach Todd Blackadder, they lost 4 out of their first 5 games. In 2011 he missed the two opening months of the super 15 season due to a foot injury incurred during practice.

However he was able to continue play throughout the world cup tournament, defeated France by a narrow 8-7 and earned the Webb Ellis trophy. Following his injury his recent status in the crusaders is indecisive. Team coach Blackadder says that he’s struggling with his gym schedule and the 6 month long sabbatical has caused him to lose form. So there is no guarantee if he would b playing for them anymore.