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McCaw staying post World Cup


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news on 20 Dec 2010 at 08:29
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Richie McCaw looks unlikely to join the expected exodus of top New Zealand players to cash-flush European clubs after next year’s World Cup on home soil.

Speaking to the Sunday Star Times, McCaw revealed that he is in talks with the New Zealand Rugby Union about extending his contract beyond 2011.

While many of his All Black teammates are weighing up big offers from overseas clubs, the 29-year-old McCaw said he wants to carry on captaining the national team and bring through the next generation of players.

“I’m having a really good think about it and I’ve always said enjoyment is the key,” McCaw told the Sunday Star Times.

“Rugby is a passion for me but enjoying it is the key. I loved it this year, I loved running out for an international and playing for the All Blacks, there’s nothing better.

“So I want to keep going. I’m talking to the union about what they want from me and what I want. If we can come to an agreement I’d love to carry on because I’m enjoying this.

“But I do have a bit to think about over the next wee while. I said I was going to do that on the tour but it didn’t pan out like that and I think now that this is the right time,” said the All Blacks skipper.

“I’m having a break, I’m getting refreshed about rugby and I’ll start talking about it.

“I’ve made no secret of it that I love playing in New Zealand and my desires to play overseas have never been that great.

“Those desires change as you move on in your career, but you can’t beat running out in front of 80,000 people at the Millennium Stadium or somewhere else and you’d be a mug to not want to do it for as long as you can.”

It will be a very different All Blacks team after the RWC, not only will there be changes to the coaching team, with Wayne Smith already saying he’ll move on after the tournament, there will be many senior players ending their time with the team.

It will be tough for the team to maintain their momentum with the backbone of the side gone, but McCaw wants to play a key role in establishing the next generation of experienced All Blacks.

“You never know what the coaches are going to do, there could be a new coach, who knows?” he said.

“I want to see the All Blacks keep performing after the world cup. It’s not just about one game or one year. It’s about doing it right and I want to make sure that when I move on, whenever that is, that it’s at the right time.”

Article courtesy of Rugby365



30 Comments

  • I had a feeling that this would happen.

    Why would he retire from International Rugby at 30?

    He could get 150 odd caps quite easily.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.12.10 08:45:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • A real RUGBY legend. Passion and pride, before riches and royalty.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.12.10 08:53:16 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 2) : They’re in short supply these days

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.12.10 09:23:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Can’t see him staying. :oops:

    I think he is just making all the right noises as he always does going into an important season. :cool:

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.12.10 09:26:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 4) :

    You think so?

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.12.10 09:27:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    Win or lose …I think he has done his bit !

    Time to go ….. who would want a two time losing RWC Captain to blood the youngsters ! :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.12.10 09:34:45 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : Nice Star …hard earnt ! :cool:

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.12.10 09:35:23 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 6) :

    Haha.. thats mean, but it has some truth to it..

    Any particular player you have in mind to take over from him and the Captaincy?

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.12.10 09:37:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 7) :

    Thanx, it was a bit of a mission of mine, but its in the bag now.. lol

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.12.10 09:37:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.12.10 09:39:00 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : You only joined last year didn’t you :?:

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.12.10 09:39:40 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 11) :

    Yeah, posting a few comments during last year, but only really got involved at the beginning of this year..

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.12.10 09:40:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : Personally I think Read is our best option. He is by far and away our best player.

    The only problem is he has a silly permanent smile when he talks no matter what the situation. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.12.10 09:42:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) :

    Replacement for McCaw….who knows there will be hundreds lining up …..none of them any good though.

    …… I quite like the look of Daniel Braids brother (Luke) I see he has made the Blues squad with his brother and think he will be pushing hard this year for some game time at Number 8

    He was part of the successful NZ Under 20′s this year. One to watch ! ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.12.10 09:45:26 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.12.10 09:46:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) :

    Thanx for that, might have to include him in the fantasy league selections..

    Will Carter be leaving as well? The Crusaders are going to lose a good few players after 2011.

    Knowing them though, they already have backups in place!

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.12.10 09:47:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) :Trust you to like that ! :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.12.10 09:50:45 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : Well their back ups are their entire ITM Cup side.

    I think they have 9 All Blacks.

    I do not think the exodus will be that big less than 2007, when we lost about a dozen Ab’s and 25 players in totally.

    But guys like Carter and McCaw will definitely be gone IMHO :cool: :cool: :cool:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.12.10 09:53:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @hertford:do you think stowers(blues winger)can make rwc squad?

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.12.10 09:57:28 by bergshark Reply

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  • Very shrewd from Cheating McCaw. Simply trying to push his price up by playing hard to get imo.

    Probably hoping to maximise the offers before they bomb out of the world cup again. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.12.10 09:59:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 19) :

    Sorry Bergshark, I was meaning to respond to that the other day.

    So your a Sherwin Stowers fan then….have you been watching him in the Sevens team last year ?

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.12.10 09:59:55 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : Steady ! :roll:

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.12.10 10:00:54 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 22) : You know it’s true. ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.12.10 10:02:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) : We haven’t even started RWC year yet ! :???:

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.12.10 10:03:51 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 19) :

    I think one of the big problems Stowers has is the competition.

    I think the AB squad will be close to a 16 Forward 14 Back split and how many specialist wingers will they take :?:

    If it is 14 backs it will probably be :

    3 Scrum halfs: Cowan, Weepu, Mathewson

    2 Fly Halfs: Carter, Slade

    4 Centres: Nonu, Smith, SBW, Toeava

    3 Wingers: Gear, Sivavatu, Jane

    2 Fullbacks: Miliania, Dagg

    So I think he is going to be hard pushed to crack a wingers spot.

    Others in line may be… Rokocoko, Guildford, Maitland, Mesaga, Kahui, Ranger, Savea,….even someone like Robbie Fruean is hard to leave out.

    Of all the spots in that 14, there is only probably chances for the third scrum half, the back up to Carter and the fourth centre and like you say the wingers, plenty of competition for spots ! Form will be important before final decisions are made.

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.12.10 10:17:51 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 25) :

    Looking at it there are 7 spots available between Centre/Wing/Fullback

    ….so do you go 4/3/2 or 4/4/1

    Rene Ranger, Richard Kahui, Ice Toeava and Corey Jane are interesting players to watch in the Super 15 to see where they play….and how well ! :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.12.10 10:23:09 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 26) : They could quite easily all miss out!

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.12.10 10:24:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 2) :

    before riches and royalty.

    i just wish it would apply to some of our sharks players

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.12.10 17:45:11 by chaz Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : u can say that again what ever happened to team spirit and honners 4 ur team

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.12.10 17:46:10 by chaz Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : well i am nearlly 1 year old on SW and will make it my best to get me one big star before or on that date :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.12.10 17:48:53 by chaz Reply

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