After almost 10 years as captain of the All Blacks, the legend of Richie McCaw is finally coming to a close. Consistently rated as one of the best rugby players in the world, McCaw has stated that he plans to retire from rugby in August this year.
…to be honest I think it’s time for some new blood to step up and take on the challenge.
When asked what prompted his shock retirement, he said “I just want to go out at a point where I can really be proud [of my career]. I’m not getting any younger, and to be honest I think it’s time for some new blood to step up and take on the challenge.” When asked whether there was any truth to the rumours that Gemma Flynn, his girlfriend of two and a bit years, was pregnant he declined to comment.
McCaw’s last match will be against the Aussies for the Bledisloe Cup in August “as a kind of farewell”, he said.
He went on to say that he’ll be using his newfound free time to mentor New Zealand’s cricket and America’s Cup teams, in the hopes that one day they too will be able to win a final.