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
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
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