Richie McCaw (2001)

Richie McCaw art by Leanne HannahPOSITION: Loose Forward
BORN: 31/12/1980 (Oamaru)
PHYSICAL: 1.87M, 106KG
TEST DEBUT: 17/11/2001 V Ireland in Dublin
TEST CAPS: 129
TEST POINTS: 105
PROVINCIAL TEAM: Canterbury
PROVINCIAL DEBUT: 2000 V North Habour
PROVINCIAL CAPS: 34
PROVINCIAL POINTS: 50 (10T)
SUPER RUGBY TEAM: Crusaders
SUPER RUGBY DEBUT: 2001 V Hurricanes
SUPER RUGBY CAPS: 110
SUPER RUGBY POINTS: 120 (24T)

Richie McCaw, or “King Richie” is a three time IRB Player of the Year award winner and considered by many to be a contender for greatest All Black and captain of all time.  He is the most capped All Black and holds the captaincy record along with the highest win ratio.  He continues a tradition of legendary players in the number 7 jersey.  Springbok’s coach Heyneke Meyer calls him “the greatest player the world has ever seen.”

At the end of 2012, McCaw has won 110 Tests, with one draw, for an 89.11% winning record. He has 87 caps as captain, of which he has won 77.

HIGHLIGHTS:

He has won 114 of 129 international test matches.

IRB Player of the Year 2006, 2009, 2010 (finalist in 2003 and 2005)

Grand Slam against British & Irish Lions 2005 tour

Captain of the All Blacks 2006-present

Grand Slam against Home Nations (2005, 2008, 2010)

Tri Nations Champion (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)

2011 Rugby World Cup winner

Rugby Championship  (2012, 2013)

9 times Bledisloe Cup winner as captain

11 tries against Australia, most of any Forwards player against any nation

 

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