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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is to take six months off rugby.


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Super Rugby on 22 Sep 2012 at 22:32
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Stuff.co.nz reports that All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is to take six months off rugby.

He will lead the All Blacks on this year’s end-of-year tour to Europe, but will then trigger a sabbatical option in his New Zealand Rugby Union contract.

The 31-year-old will sit out the three tests against France in June, and will not play for the Crusaders until July, in a bid to preserve his body through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

A frequent target for opposition cheap shots, McCaw will be the second All Black to take a sabbatical, after Dan Carter’s ill-fated $1 million 2008 stint with French club Perpignan, where he snapped his Achilles tendon. Carter can also take another six-month sabbatical before the cup.

“It is definitely going to happen,” Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder told the Sunday Star-Times last night. “Richie is going to take a sabbatical. He will probably be available after June. He won’t be available for the tests or Super Rugby, so he’s going to get a good break. We’ve worked this through with all parties and I fully support it.

“He had it written into his contract and he’s elected to take it. He’s going to see the season out with the All Blacks, then have a break. It will freshen him up and he’ll come back and be good for the next couple of years.”

Unlike Carter’s venture to France, McCaw’s six months off is purely to give his body a chance to recover, to ensure he has the chance to see out his four-year contract.

New Zealand’s top players are being asked to play up to 33 games this year, taking a huge toll. “He’s probably going to head overseas and have a bit of a holiday, have a break and get away from the game,” Blackadder said.

The sabbaticals being offered to selected All Blacks are the union’s way of keeping top players in the country, because it cannot match what players can make overseas.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen also gave his blessing to McCaw. “Richie is smart enough to know what his body needs,” he said as the All Blacks left for Argentina yesterday.

“He’s got a sabbatical in his contract, so it’s up to him use it. If we want to get him through to the world cup, it’s a good idea. The Super 15 is a tough competition. For someone like Richie to step out of that, he obviously thinks it’s pertinent, hence why it’s in his contract.”

All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read will take over the Crusaders captaincy. “It’s a huge commitment to do both these days,” Blackaddder said. “Super Rugby is now an eight-month programme. It’s a lot bigger than it used to be. The succession plan is Reado. He did a fantastic job this year.”



28 Comments

  • Same story different day.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.12 06:58:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Wonder if he has a european contract in the bag?

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.12 22:37:36 by Dunx Reply

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  • There’s no thread for the NZ game but if someone is arond I’ll gave some scre updates on here..

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.09.12 01:23:46 by Franshark Reply
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  • The game is being played at some frantic pace…

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.09.12 01:25:15 by Franshark Reply
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  • Pumas score first and lead 5 – 0 after 10 min

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.09.12 01:26:18 by Franshark Reply
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  • Nuno breaks and puts Smith in under the poles,
    Pumas 5 – 7 NZ
    17 min

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.09.12 01:31:23 by Franshark Reply
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  • Carter PK
    Pumas 5 – 10 NZ
    20 min

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.09.12 01:34:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • Jane in the corner..
    Carter converts
    Pumas 5 – 17 NZ
    24 min

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.09.12 01:38:06 by Franshark Reply
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  • Jaco Pyper not having a good game so far…

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.09.12 01:38:28 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Hernandes kicks a PK, first kick that goes over from 3 attempts…
    Pumas 8 – 17 NZ
    28 min

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.09.12 01:42:25 by Franshark Reply
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  • Immediately Carter gets a PK and slots it…
    Pumas 8 – 20 NZ
    29 min

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.09.12 01:44:23 by Franshark Reply
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  • Sevea a goes over after a hack forward..
    Carter miss his first
    Pumas 8 – 25 NZ
    32 min

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.09.12 01:47:47 by Franshark Reply
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  • Pumas again gets penelised on the ground, Carter’s kick is sort from 50 meters out

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.09.12 01:50:25 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) : a few bad call at breakdown going against the Pumas…

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.09.12 01:51:18 by Franshark Reply
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  • Savea in at the corner, well moved try and team effort…
    All Blacks running away with it now….
    Carter conversion over
    Pumas 8 – 32 NZ
    Half Time

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.09.12 01:54:09 by Franshark Reply
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  • Pumas set up a line out early in the 2nd half after awarded a penalty..

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.09.12 02:06:54 by Franshark Reply
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  • Turnover 1 meter from the line, NZ gets relieve…

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.09.12 02:07:55 by Franshark Reply
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  • Pumas back at 5 meters from the All Blacks line, Puma scrum….

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.09.12 02:09:06 by Franshark Reply
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  • Pumas take the ball 3 – 4 times left and right…. Gonzalo over after another penalty is taken quickly…
    Conversion good
    Pumas 15 – 32 NZ
    48 min

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.09.12 02:13:09 by Franshark Reply
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  • Jane over for his 2nd of the night…. good worked try again….

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.09.12 02:15:33 by Franshark Reply
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  • Conversion missed
    Pumas 15 – 37 NZ
    51 min

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.09.12 02:16:45 by Franshark Reply
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  • from a knock on by a Puma player the AB’s kick the ball forward and a Puma player takes it out 5 meters from his own line….

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.09.12 02:18:39 by Franshark Reply
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  • Nano in under the poles
    Cruden(replacing Carter) converts…
    Conversion good
    Pumas 15 – 44 NZ
    59 min

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.09.12 02:26:25 by Franshark Reply
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  • Easily the Pumas’ worst performance, hands have been shocking

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.09.12 02:38:46 by Ludz Reply

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  • With 5 min to go NZ is leading 47-15

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.09.12 02:40:02 by Franshark Reply
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  • Intercept from Jane gives him his 3rd try….
    AB’s goes past 50….
    Conversion good
    Pumas 15 – 54 NZ
    Full Time

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.09.12 02:45:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • Congratulations to the All Blacks, Rugby Championship champions of 2012….

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.09.12 02:46:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Nite nite( or morning morning) sleep tight….

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.09.12 02:48:06 by Franshark Reply
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