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…..one 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.
A recent poll conducted in New Zealand by Herald DigiPoll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of New Zealanders want their ageing but legendary skipper Richie McCaw to lead the side out as they head to England next year to defend their Rugby World Cup title.
The poll put forward a very simple question for fans to answer: asking whether they though the Rugby World Cup winning captain of the team on home soil in 2011 should call it quits ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England in September when he will be a few days short of his 35th birthday.
A majority of 50.6 per cent of the men surveyed believe the inspirational still has a lot to offer to the side while 54.8 per cent of women surveyed want to see Richie McCaw lead the team next summer as well.
A whopping 53.3 per cent of New Zealanders want to see McCaw continue while the number comes down to around 51.8 per cent for the area in Auckland.
If the legendary skipper does indeed start against Australia in the first match of their Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign at the new Wembley Stadium, he will be 34 years and 263 days old, an age where most players are either retired or contemplate retirement.
Although McCaw missed a large duration of last season due to an injury, there is no doubting his peak physical conditioning means he will still be a force for the team. Although he has lost that yard of pace, his work ethic, energy and intelligence makes the whole New Zealand team tick and if the team does include Richie McCaw in the side for the Rugby World Cup 2015, there are chances of them sealing another triumph at the home of the sport.
The New Zealand Rugby Union player, Richard Hugh “Richie” McCaw is the present test captain for the national rugby team of the country, the All Blacks. He is a predominant player in the openside flanker position of the New Zealand as well as Crusaders and Canterbury teams. However, he has also played as a number 8 and blindside flanker.
The two key attributes that are considered to have made Richie McCaw one of the greatest openside flankers are his ability of anticipating play and the adaptability he shows to the rulings of the referees. Richie was selected for the New Zealand National Rugby Team All Blacks in the end of year tour in 2001. He debuted for New Zealand against Ireland. He was also awarded the man of the match in that tournament and earned selection as first choice openside flanker for the team of New Zealand for the 2003 World Cup tournament. Excepting a few games, Richie McCaw has been a regular selection for the New Zealand rugby team. He was appointed the captain of the All Blacks in 2006 and also led the team at the world cup tournament in 2007. The elimination of the team in the quarter finals had brought up criticism regarding in captaincy, but he achieved victory for his team in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The tournaments in 2012-13 saw the All Blacks win almost twelve tests, draw in one and lose only one. They also won the Rugby Championship with a cent percent winning record. McCaw during this time overtook George Gregan on the winning side, for most times, with 94. Richie recorded his 100th victory in Dunedin against South Africa. Richie McCaw was announced a nominee for the IRB Player of the year, however he lost the title to Dan Carter, his fellow team mate.
Richie McCaw at the age of 32 is a New Zealand born rugby player and the captain of the all blacks. He is the openside flanker for the Crusaders and the Canterbury rugby teams.
His first international debut was at an early age of 20 when the new all black coach selected him for the end of year tour to Ireland in 2011. Where New Zealand was victorious by a 40-29 and he was awarded the man of the match. Richie McCaw prove his worth by the end of that very season and was selected for both the new Zealand rugby football union under-21 and player of the year by air new Zealand NPC division one. In 2006 with the Richie McCaw brilliant performance led the crusaders to the Super Rugby title and was finally named the captain of the all blacks on May 2006. In the 2007 world cup the All Blacks were pooled with Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Romania. It was a cakewalk for New Zealand team and the made it through the pool play. However in the quarter-finals they lost to France and they had a premature exit from the world cup.
The All Blacks had a more or less slow start in the beginning of the 2009 season under their new coach Todd Blackadder, they lost 4 out of their first 5 games. In 2011 he missed the two opening months of the super 15 season due to a foot injury incurred during practice.
However he was able to continue play throughout the world cup tournament, defeated France by a narrow 8-7 and earned the Webb Ellis trophy. Following his injury his recent status in the crusaders is indecisive. Team coach Blackadder says that he’s struggling with his gym schedule and the 6 month long sabbatical has caused him to lose form. So there is no guarantee if he would b playing for them anymore.