Knighthood awaits Sir McCaw

2011-11-01 09:03

Auckland - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been nominated for a royal honour, and possibly a knighthood, just days after leading the team to victory in the Rugby World Cup.

According to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which collates and presents all nominations, confirmed McCaw's name had been put forward for an honour.

There are eight levels of New Zealand royal honour, ranging from the Order of New Zealand to the Queen's Service Medal.

Nominators do not choose which honour they want their person to receive.

The Prime Minister makes a recommendation to the Queen on which honour is appropriate.

They are announced in the New Year's and Queen's Birthday honours lists.

In an interview before the World Cup, Prime Minister John Key joked that McCaw would be knighted if he led the All Blacks to victory.

Between 700 and 800 people are nominated for royal honours each year.

Only a select few sports people have been knighted while still competing at the highest level, including Sir Richard Hadlee and Sir Russell Coutts.

McCaw played his 100th Test match for the All Blacks during the Rugby World Cup.

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  • Gordon - 2011-11-01 09:21


  • Craig - 2011-11-01 09:28

    He deserves it.

      SeeVeeDeeEl - 2011-11-01 09:42

      Yeah, after leading his team to the most hollow RWC victory ever.... 1987 was just as hollow, but doesn't count as a true RWC.

      Te - 2011-11-01 10:02

      lol @SeeVee. Not that old chestnut again.

      Anca - 2011-11-02 10:14

      @ SeeVee. The accomplishment of Sir Richie and his team is only hollow because your Drol, sorry Lord Smit could not lead his hapless little team to world cup victory!

  • Dale - 2011-11-01 09:41

    Kiwis take rugby too seriously! :)

  • don9000 - 2011-11-01 09:43

    What a joke

      Bob - 2011-11-01 10:06 is fantastic don .give the man a gong for services to nz rugby ! arise sir richie arise

  • Kevin - 2011-11-01 09:48

    Thought Bryce Lawrence would get the knighthood

  • James - 2011-11-01 09:52

    They got the wrong O. It should be Bryce Lawrence!

  • Andrew - 2011-11-01 10:23

    It won't happen, Cameron is terrified of upsetting the French!

  • ajcvdw - 2011-11-01 10:32


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