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
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
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.
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
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