Rugby: Richie McCaw hangs up his boots

Rugby: Richie McCaw hangs up his boots

Written by Tharushan Fernando

19 Nov, 2015 | 11:38 am

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has announced his retirement after a glittering career.

The 34-year-old flanker played a world record 148 Tests, 131 of them wins, and led the All Blacks to two World Cup final victories, including last month’s triumph against Australia.

McCaw is also a three-time winner of the World Player of the Year award. The news, expected for some time, comes 24 hours after the death of iconic All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu.

Before the news conference to announce his retirement those present held a minute’s silence in memory of Lomu, whose death at the age of 40 was described as “a big shock” by McCaw.

McCaw, who now plans to pursue a career as a helicopter pilot, won 130 of his Tests and captained the All Blacks 109 times – both also all-time world records.


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