Hertford Highlander

McCaw’s days numbered!

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 24 Jun 2012 at 03:59
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In the wake of the 60-0 drubbing of Ireland last night at Waikato Stadium, All Black captain Richie McCaw’s days look numbered at openside flanker for the nation’s top sporting team. That said it is being touted by All Black greats that he (McCaw) looks poised to move to the blindside flank to prolong his already highly decorated international career.

In a Michael Jones-like revival that was inspired by a change to blindside flanker – McCaw is tipped to move away from his No.7 jersey for the upcoming Championship Series.

Debate has intensified recently over McCaw’s future with the absence of Kieran Read and the emergence of 20 year-old Sam Cane as potential first choice loose forward options – with the All Black blindside berth less tied down McCaw may slot their easily.

McCaw has started 100 of his 106 tests at openside flanker. The No.6 jersey that was vacated by Japan-bound Jerome Kaino has left the door open for Adam Thompson, Victor Vito or last nights starter Liam Messam.

McCaw is still widely regarded as the world’s best openside, with possibly David Pocock, Sam Warburton and Sean O’Brien snapping at his heels. McCaw now 31-year-old needs to and is well capable of adapting, he still rates highly as a combative, physical ball-carrying forward – traits World Cup winning No.6 Kaino epitomised.

McCaw, the master of slowing the ball down and turning over possession in a past life no longer exists – but like all breeds that survive he needs to evolve and McCaw has been a rare breed of rugby player that looks unlikely to be extinct for some time yet!


  • I think pocock has surpassed him as the best

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.12 11:40:26 by clyde1992 Reply
  • @clyde1992 (Comment 1) :

    That ship set sail years ago.

    McCaw still plays a hell of a game, but he’s not nearly as dominant as he was in the middle part of the 2000’s.

    These guys put their bodies through a HUGE amount of pain. Can be forgiven for slowing down as the years go by. Same as what happened to Schalk. Still better then their closest competitors in their respective countries, but not the same anymore.

    At the moment, Richie lives off his legacy a lot more, rather then letting his play on the field do the talking.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.12 11:51:31 by hendrikp Reply
  • The man is a legend. He has played in 106 tests and only lost 12.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.12 21:18:52 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 3) : What? Serious? Is this a accurate fact?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.12 07:47:08 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 3) :

    And I bet that most of those losses were against the Boks!

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.12 08:12:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    Here’s a list of all those losses:

    Australia at Sydney 14-16 (2002)
    England at Wellington 13-15 (2003)
    Australia at Sydney 10-22 (2003)
    South Africa at Capetown 16-22 (2005)
    South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21 (2006)
    Australia at Melbourne 15-20 (2007)
    France at Cardiff 18-20 (2007)
    South Africa at Bloemfontein 19-28 (2009)
    South Africa at Durban 19-31 (2009)
    South Africa at Hamilton 29-32 (2009)
    Australia at Hong Kong 24-26 (2010)
    Australia at Brisbane 20-25 (2011)

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.06.12 09:19:41 by wpw Reply
  • richie still gets through a mountain of work, he might not be looking to pilfer but boy is he a nuisance, his engine might not be what it used to be but what is the point of going on about that when the man at his peak was unparalleled?

    i don’t think the all blacks are sweating that much with the introduction to Test rugby of the yound sam cane. on saturday against ireland the kid was outstanding – amongst other stellar performances by all black newbies – 20 plus tackles made, 2 try-assist passes, 2 tries, multitude of rucks attended and good amounts of metres made carrying the ball. if rennie/smith.strawbridge can look after this boy, he’ll follow in richie’s footsteps.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.06.12 09:23:19 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 7) :

    This Cane fella sounds good but he ain’t no Marcell Coetzee!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.06.12 09:26:01 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 6) : There should be another one there – against France in the WC final last year – but it was not deemed to be.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.06.12 09:33:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :


  • Comment 10, posted at 25.06.12 09:34:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.06.12 09:56:47 by wpw Reply
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 4) : Yes it is.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.06.12 10:52:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • Sensationalist headline HH. 🙄 I thought Kiwis were classier than that. 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.06.12 11:54:57 by klempie Reply


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