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
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
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
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
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