Richie McCaw admits not playing at his best

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

Ireland Bids For Rugby Women’s World 2017

IRFU has recently announced about its recent bidding aspirations as a possible host for Rugby Women’s World 2017 I at the locations of Belfast and Dublin.

The Ireland Rugby is interested to host pool stages of the tournament at Dublin University College prior to shifting to Belfast to host the semi-finals & the finale at Kingspan Stadium.

While making the announcement for the bid, Mr. Philip Browne, the chief executive from IRFU stated- “Participation and interest in the women rugby is increasing at great length & counting on this very momentum, we feel that Ireland would be able to deliver best possible Rugby World till date.”

“We are hopeful that this rising interest in female rugby here, accompanied by our world-leading arrangements at UCD, Kingspan Stadium, Queens University Sport & our internationally revered impression for being 1 among the most welcoming countries of the world would make our bid a true standout submission in the 2017 tournament.” Continue reading

London Irish sign All Blacks star

Aviva Premiership giants the London Irish Rugby Union Football Club have confirmed the signing of New Zealand international prop Ben Franks for the upcoming Premiership season.

The 30 year old , who has earned 30 caps for the All Blacks, has put pen to paper on a three year deal at the club and will join from the New Zealand based Super Rugby XV club the Hurricanes.

Franks was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup winning New Zealand side and was also a part of the team that went unbeaten in internationals throughout 2013. Bob Casey, the London Irish operations director said that Ben is a player of top quality and the club is delighted that he has decided that his future lies with the Exiles. Continue reading

Richie McCaw Creates History By Leading All Blacks In 100 Tests

Great news for Richie McCaw fans- their favorite rugby star has created history by being the first every ever player to spearhead his squad in as many as 100 Tests. The 33-year-old rugby legend completed his century as the captain in the recently concluded All Blacks match against the Wales team that was hosted by Millennium Stadium.

A great moment for Richie no doubt and he has come a really long way since he debuted as the All Blacks captain a decade ago. Interestingly, his first test as the All Blacks leader was a tough win for his team.

Mirroring on his accomplishments during the 34-16 triumph against Wales rugby team, the All Blacks captain remarked that he didn’t have any idea while he was handling all the breakdowns, tackles & most importantly, wins back in 2004.

Richie’s team have been victorious in 89 0f 100 test matches with him as the lead.

“at that time, I had just 6 matches as Canterbury captain & I felt ‘that’s enough & it cannot be much harder’ yet as one reflects on lessons he has been through, ups & downs, and… wonders that how he survived.”

Richie has, eventually, turned up as the greatest captain and player for All Blacks, for many. No one can underestimate his valiant endeavors in World Cup 2011 where he played just on one single foot as the other one was, famously fractured. He is said to possess an extraordinary calmness under fire which is one among the big reasons why All Blacks could come up with flying colors in most of the tightest of tests. His fellow players have remarked that it’s their captain’s top-tier performance that leaves them with no option but to catapult their game at heightened level.