McCaw: Don't call me 'Sir'

2011-12-16 11:23

Wellington - Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is not interested in receiving a knighthood until his playing days are over, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has said.

Key said he sounded out the inspirational flanker about getting a gong shortly after McCaw led the All Blacks to victory on home soil at the Rugby World Cup this year.

But while McCaw had no objections to being knighted in the future he did not think it appropriate to accept the honour during his playing days, the recently re-elected PM said.

"The conclusion that he drew was that he would love to take it but now wasn't the right time," Key told Radio Sport.

"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."

Key said McCaw was not formally offered the knighthood but had he shown an indication that he would accept then a formal approach would have been made.

"I certainly wanted him to take it," the prime minister added.

McCaw, the only person to be awarded the IRB World Player of the Year title three times, recently signed on for another four years with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

However, the 30-year-old has said he would not see out the contract if he felt he was no longer good enough to command a place in the team.


  • brett.macdonald1 - 2011-12-16 11:32

    And so continues the tradition of bestowing knighthoods on thieves...

      Dmitri - 2011-12-16 13:06

      Brett, you are a sorry piece of jealosy. Get over yourself.

      Fatu - 2011-12-16 14:43

      Brett, or should we just call you "Troll", you really are an ignorant piece of work. You are obviously not a real rugby fan. If you were you would see Ritchie as the world class player he is, as well as the man held to the utmost respect in his home country. Yes, he pushes himself into that grey area of the law and earns his fair share of penalties, but there is no other player and leader like him. The game is evolving, and Ritchie is right there with it. I'm sorry South Africa doesn't have anyone that compares to him. FYI, i have heaps of respect for the Springboks, but much less for many of their ignorant "fans" that peruse these pages.

      Clive - 2011-12-16 17:34

      Totally unnecessary garbage, Brett. Whether we like it or not, McCaw is one of the greats.

      Thomas - 2011-12-16 20:48

      I would like to know what qualifies one to be Knighted!! If it means being part of the Commonwealth, doesn't John Smit also qualify?? I am sure we were re-admitted to the Commonwealth!! I wonder if there are any other All Blacks that have been Knighted, McCaw deserves it but so do a few more???? If there was a Knighthood for "Scum-Bags" we all know who will receive that one!!!!!!!

      Shoosh - 2011-12-16 22:02

      @ Brett - pity that you can recognise nor accept greatness. @ Thomas - what has Smit done to be knighted, won 2007 world cup & that's it, unless you think by overstaying his Bok playing career to make the record of most capped captain is an achievement worthy of knighthood. I dont think so.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2011-12-17 00:44

      Fatu, I agree with you that McCaw pushes the 'area of greyness'. He does so very well, very well indeed. But there shouldn't be this area of greyness in the first place. Not in playing and neither in reffing like his countrymen o'Brian, Honis and Lawrence...

      Thomas - 2011-12-17 20:04

      Shoosh!!!!! When you have pulled up your pants and given your mouth a chance, you will see that McCaw has won a world cup and played for the ABs the same as Smit has done with the Boks!!!!!!!!! What makes Smit"s case even more credable is he had to do it with huge political pressure and then hold a team together because the next coach was completely out of his depth!!!! I never said McCaw didn't deserve it, but all he had to worry about was his fitness and his next match!!! What you didn't get was I asked what qualifies one to be knighted, do you still have to belong to the commonwealth, not what Smit or McCaw did!!!!

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2011-12-16 13:19

    I'm a proud bok supporter, always have been always will, but McCaw is a man I have the uttermost respect for. Yes so he plays a bit dirty and gets away with it sometimes, but that's rugby. If u don't like it, play bowls. Ur already Sir McCaw in my books.

      Fatu - 2011-12-16 14:44

      Well said Johan. As the old saying goes, Rugby ain't Tiddlywinks.

      Lonne - 2011-12-16 22:32

      100% correct Johan. Always sad to read the comments of ignorant idiots like people Brett. Thomas I am not too sure who these "scumbags" are you refering to, but being part of the Commonwealth is not the only criteria to be given a knighthood. In New Zealand, I know, the previous Labour government did away with the knighthood because they felt NZ should break away from the British traditions and had the NZ order of Merit brought in. However, the National government of John Key brought back the knighthoods because they believed a knighthood was more "glamorous" and had more "credibility" than a NZ award and NZ is still "part of Britain" with the Queen as the head of state. I think/hope SA has its own award system to acknowledge outstanding South Africans, of which there are quite a few.

      Sean - 2011-12-16 23:39

      Spot- On Johan :)

      brett.macdonald1 - 2011-12-17 00:47

      Tell me something guys, where does one draw the line? I agree that MaCaw is a master at breaking the rules and getting away with it, but at what point do we say that the rules are ineffective?

      Pierre - 2011-12-18 07:34

      Ha-ha, Johan your comment would have been reasonable if it was not for the words "a bit" and "sometimes".

  • Michael - 2011-12-16 14:16

    OK Richie, we won't! (Unfortunately it doesn't take anything away from the fact that the man is a really fine rugby player)

  • Fatu - 2011-12-16 14:51

    Ritchie has earned so much more respect in NZ for saying "No thanks."

      bernard.ingram - 2011-12-17 10:08

      It's because he know how much he cheats on the rugby field. So when his cheating days are over, and he will not cheat again, he can then accept the offer. But I will never call him Sir, he may be a great player but not a Sir.

  • bernard.ingram - 2011-12-17 10:05

    I would not call a cheater a Sir!!!!!

      Christian - 2011-12-17 20:25

      Having said that, what would you call yourself?

      bernard.ingram - 2011-12-19 03:32

      I don't cheat and I don't deserve knighthood. You can call me sir, not Sir. Richie will forever me just a sir and do not deserve a Sir.

      Bethoven - 2011-12-19 09:18

      sour grapes mate!!!! grow some balls and get over yourself prick!!! richie aint a cheat, he does what every other forward does and thats pushs the boundaries! he does it better than the south africans!!!

      Jimmy - 2011-12-20 09:53

      Pull your head out of your a## azurite, McCaw does exactly what any loose forward is supposed to do, he just does it better !!! If he was playing for the boks he would be your country's pride and joy.....

  • Pierre - 2011-12-18 07:27

    Ok I will give ou Seervoetjies credit for this decision. It would have been quite a joke to have Sir Richie McCaw on the field. A title like that can only be a burden for any player; the proverbial Albatross around the neck.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2011-12-18 12:33

    "Arrogant" ...... that's what I call it!

      Bethoven - 2011-12-19 09:19

      idiot is what you are, with a capital I

  • Jannie - 2011-12-20 11:58

    @fatu just you wait ,Mate, Brussow is nearly there

  • Raymond - 2011-12-21 11:35

    If McCaw gets a knighthood what will Bryce Lawrence get? An "All Blackhood"!

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