Wellington - New Zealand Rugby chief
executive Steve Tew says Rugby World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw will make
an announcement on his playing future "shortly".
McCaw, who led New Zealand to victory at
the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, indicated he would likely retire after this
year's tournament in England but is yet to make a definitive announcement.
His comments immediately after the All
Blacks' Cup final win over Australia suggested the 148-test veteran might be
considering continuing his international career.
Tew said McCaw "has asked for a little
bit more time before he finally makes a decision and an announcement. He won't
be too far away from getting to that point and I think if we give him a little
bit more space and have a little bit more patience we will all be rewarded with
the ultimate answer shortly."