The former captain talks about the Bledisloe Cup, Sam Cane and why a man never quite at ease in the public eye is now releasing a book and a movie
“They were never going to miss me and DC,” Richie McCaw says with a smile. He is sitting in a conference room at the Manhattan headquarters of his old team’s sponsor, AIG. On message, he is wearing all black – but not All Black. The captain retired last year, with 148 caps, two World Cups and the gratitude of a nation now revelling in the havoc wrought upon Australia in Sydney. In Wellington on Saturday, they may perpetrate another 42-8 mauling – or something worse.
DC, the great fly-half Dan Carter, now lives and plays his rugby in Paris. McCaw hasn’t left home, but he also watched the Sydney Test from afar – in Rio de Janeiro, where he spent a happy couple of weeks watching the Olympic Games.
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I hope that it is a bit closer, because you don’t want one-sided results for the top teams. I don’t think that’s healthy
You’d rather go when they say you could go a little bit longer, than when they say you’ve gone a little bit too long
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