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.
In The Australian, Ella wrote a piece in which he said, “Captain of Wallabies and lock Eales, No 7 McCaw and former captain of All Blacks are the gaming giants in any era.”
He wrote, “In Rugby, Eales was Mr. Perfect, he wrote, wasn’t anything that he couldn’t do when it comes to rugby. As a captain, he was great and had a great respect for the game of rugby, his opponents, his teammates, and adjudicators. He led the team always from the front, as a person this is a tribute to him.”
He further added that “Just like Eales, McCaw is also a true legend; he exemplified what rugby is at the present time. His contribution to Rugby both as a person as well as a player is tremendous.”