Richie McCaw Wiki, Richie McCaw Bio
Richie McCaw Wiki: Richard Hugh McCaw born 31 December 1980) is a retired New Zealand rugby union player. He captained the national team, the All Blacks, in 110 out of his 148 test matches, and won two Rugby World Cups. Richie McCaw is the most capped test rugby player of all time and has won the World Rugby player of the year award a joint record three times.
Richie McCaw was the first All Black to reach 100 caps, and the first rugby union player to win 100 tests. He is the most-capped player in rugby union history with 148 caps, having overtaken Brian O’Driscoll’s record in 2015. Richie McCaw has also equalled the record for most appearances at the Rugby World Cup with Jason Leonard.
Richie McCaw predominantly played in the openside flanker position for the New Zealand, Crusaders and Canterbury teams, but also played as a blindside flanker and no. 8. During Richie McCaw‘s career, Canterbury won the NPC (later Mitre10 Cup) five times, and the Crusaders won four Super Rugby titles. As well as two world cups, the All Blacks won seven Tri-Nations titles, completed three successful Grand Slam tours and won the Bledisloe Cup eight times.
Richie McCaw made his debut in 2001 for the Crusaders and was selected for the All Blacks’ 2001 end-of-year tour, despite having played only eight minutes of Super 12 rugby. His debut for New Zealand was against Ireland, where Richie McCaw was awarded man-of-the-match. Richie McCaw became a regular selection for New Zealand, only missing a few games due to recurring concussions. In 2004 he was appointed a captain of the All Blacks, whom he led at the 2007 World Cup. After their elimination in the quarter-finals, his captaincy came under criticism, but he was retained and eventually led the team to consecutive world cup titles in 2011 and 2015, becoming one of only twenty players who has won two rugby union world cups.
Richie McCaw Order of New Zealand
In December 2011, then Prime Minister John Key revealed that he had asked Richie McCaw about the possibility of a knighthood in the 2012 New Year Honours, but that Richie McCaw had turned it down. According to Key, “He made the call that he’s still in his playing career and it didn’t feel quite right for him, that day where he’s no longer on the pitch may be the right time for him.” No formal offer was ultimately made. Richie McCaw was appointed a member of New Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand, in the 2016 New Year Honours. The honour surpassed the knighthood he had previously turned down prior to his retirement because only 20 living New Zealanders can gain membership at any one time.
Richie McCaw Personal life
In January 2013 it was reported that Richie McCaw had been seeing hockey player Gemma Flynn for the past six months. Richie McCaw announced his engagement to Flynn in January 2016. They married on 14 January 2017.
On 13 Dec 2018 Richie McCaw and Gemma McCaw announce the arrival of a baby daughter