McCaw 'greatest' All Black

2012-11-01 12:01

Wellington - Who is the greatest All Black of all time? A survey has found 56% of rugby-mad Kiwis believe Richie McCaw deserves to take the title.

According to website, the survey also found McCaw had overtaken Silver Ferns shooter Irene van Dyk as the most liked sporting celebrity, but only just - by a 1% margin.

Of those surveyed, 89% viewed McCaw favourably, up 11% since the question was last asked in 2008.

While van Dyk and Valerie Adams were equal in second place, with 88% of participants viewing them favourably.

McCaw's team-mate Dan Carter also ranked highly, with 86% of participants holding him in high esteem.

The poll found former All Black coach Sir Graham Henry's popularity had increased, with 75% viewing him favourably, up 10%.

While former Crusaders coach Robbie Deans' problems as Wallabies coach seemed to have hurt his image, as 51% viewed him favourably, down 17%.

The only truly polarising sports celebrity on the list was Sonny Bill Williams, with 52% viewing him favourably and 37% unfavourably.

However, Williams scored better amongst league fans, with 69% viewing him favourably compared to 62% from rugby fans, suggesting that any resentment from his controversial departure from the Bulldogs may be fading.

The survey found rugby's place as New Zealand's most popular sport also remained secure, with 66% of participants saying they were interested in it.

Netball came in second place on 45%, followed by cricket on 40%.

The poll also found interest in rowing and athletics was as high as rugby league, motorsport and soccer, likely due to the coverage from the Olympics.

Interest in football was down 20% since its peak in 2010.

Around 1 000 New Zealanders, 18-years-old and over took part in the online survey, conducted by UMR Research.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Who in your opinion is the greatest ever Springbok rugby player? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-01 12:07

    i agree

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-01 12:32

      Best cheat ever!!!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-01 13:59

      heinrich brussow owned him in every time he played against him!!! anyway, i would pick schalk burger over ritchie any day!

      TravieGrif - 2012-11-01 15:05

      Sean, I disagree with you. I think that he is really good, and a great captain, but he is a cheat. The best get to be the best through honest hard work and talent. He is a master cheat, and I have no respect for that. Speak to me of a player like Dan Carter, who is blessed with amazing talent and an impeccable work ethic, but plies his trade within the framework of the law, and I will show you the greatest!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-11-01 22:32

      I would say they got it right, brilliant rugby player!!! As a Bulls supporter I respect Ritchie, a clever player who can sum up a weak ref and use it to his advantage!!! Lets look at the refs and how the standard has dropped before we crucify McCaw!!!!!!!

      paul.malherbe.7 - 2012-11-02 18:58

      I am not an alcoholic, i only drink when mcCaw is offsides.

  • sharkie.fin - 2012-11-01 12:17

    Nope he's the biggest CHEAT of all time!

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-11-01 12:24

    so only 44percent got the survey correct?

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-11-01 12:35

    Carter would get my vote. Solid, reliable and not prone to cheating.

  • cape.maori - 2012-11-01 12:37

    Hail KING RICHIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      sharkie.fin - 2012-11-01 12:45

      King of cheating....

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-01 13:19

      See you used the R50 that brian threw at you to buy some internet time!

      sharkie.fin - 2012-11-01 13:23

      that and new front teeth!

  • nagou.grote - 2012-11-01 12:43

    Moet saam stem met die mense van die blaar. Ons vier as a speler 100 internationale wedstryde speel, die ou vier wanneer hy sy 100ste internationale wen kry. Dit is a groot voreg om die ou te sien speel. Ja hy maak my kwaad op die veld, maar as niemand kan stry oor sy talent nie.

      sharkie.fin - 2012-11-01 13:06

      Miskien moet ons ook kroek?

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 13:38

      It is because they always pick their best players, and don't use "old" game plans. Also control their players a lot better. It is going to take a long time for SA to catch up, especially if the right players don't get picked.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-01 13:56

      Like they are picking the best for the EOY??? @sss!!!!!!

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 12:48

    Richie McCaw... That is all!

      sharkie.fin - 2012-11-01 13:07

      Jimmy NZ.... Loves to drink pee! Hey that rhymes too.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 14:09

      kinda like... sharkfin, the nob who's team could never ever WIN! Chokers of world rugby! Idiot!

  • - 2012-11-01 12:50

    Looks like rugby is going the same way as soccer. Who can cheat and get away with it wins

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-04 13:11

      How much rugby have you watched How about your dad, granddad etc? In the 60s and 70s I know of at least two test players (one an All Black, one a Springbok) who knocked out their opposite numbers BEFORE they ran on to the field; one Aussie ref from the middle of last century who used to announce to opposing teams he was going to cheat the day before a game, and numerous cases of some really ugly people being celebrated as fine athletes. Rugby is a great game, but its often a filthy, dirty cheating game too, and if you think it is 'going the way of football' and that cheating is becoming more prevalent than it used to be you are suffering from a SERIOUS lack of perspective

  • PatientListener - 2012-11-01 12:55

    It just shows the short memory span of the people from the land of grey skies. I would like to see how he stacks up against a guy like Zinzan Brook. IMO no contest Brook hands down.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-01 13:25

      Have to agree, Zinzan Brooke was in a different league. Even the chap that refused to play on sundays, Michael Jones was a better player than Mcaw. Sean Fitzpatrick had the same methods as Ritchie, but at least he had a better personality.

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-04 13:16

      Zinny was really good, but also quite loose in some areas of his game - not nearly as complete as Richie. Like a Dallagio, he also had the benefit of being a senior voice without the burden of outright captaincy. He also only achieved his greatest levels towards the end of his career rather than throughout it. In the early 90s he was battling to make the side at times ahead of Otago's Aaron Pene, but we forget that because he was so awesome 94/5-97. He also tends to be remembered very fondly in SA as he tended to play his best rugby against the Boks and for the Blues in S12 playoffs (which I admit is admirable, the best play the best against the best), but he didn't always hit the same levels against other opponents at other times

  • evert.devries.96 - 2012-11-01 13:13

    Richie McCheat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 14:53

      I Still think one day he will get caught for all his cheating, and get 3 red cards in a row. How he has gotten away with as much as he has, is just crazy. He is a good player though for sure, but the stuff he does takes a LOT away from it. I can't think of 1 game he has ever played in, where he does not try to bend the rules. If anything he is the best at exploiting the rules, and that in itself does not make him the "best player" ever. It merely means he gets away with more than any other player. I can think of quite a few other AB's better than this guy. Who demand a lot more respect in their performances than he ever has.

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-04 13:20

      If he gets "caught for his cheating" he'll adapt and stop doing what he's getting pinged for, that's the point of what makes him so good, he reads where a given ref sees a given line. He isn't perfect, he gets penalised more than most, but he's far less dirty or outright cynical than a Martin Johnson, Corne Krige or Sean Fitzpatrick. Face up to reality: no matter how much he may annoy you Richie McCaw is really, really, really, really, REALLY good at rugby

  • francel.vaneeden - 2012-11-01 13:25

    What about Sean Fitzpatrick. He was also brilliant and a excellent leader

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-04 13:37

      Do you think he was that much better as a player than a Keith Wood or even a Uli Schmidt though? So hard to pick - I love Christian Cullen, one of the dumbest geniuses the world has ever seen, but I admit he had his flaws :)

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-11-01 15:24

    Memories are too short. One upon a time, a long time ago, there lived a might All Black, before they became All Brats, called Collin Meades. He was the best lock in world through the 1960 and even played to full time with a broken arm against Transvaal. Collin Meades was so good he could have been a Springbok - nogal...

  • claude.felbert - 2012-11-01 15:37

    I think referees are poop scared to card the New Zealand Captain as it may mean the end of their career.

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  • sabelo.mashego.90 - 2012-11-01 17:48

    I don't know what is used exactly to measure the greatness of a rugby player but yes, Richie McCaw is a great rugby player and ARGUABLY the greatest All Black SKIPPER of all time but as far as a rugby PLAYER, Dan Carter is easily the best current All Black and ARGUABLY the best rugby player in the history of the game. People seem to believe that great leaders r automatically great players; former Springbok captain John Smit was a great leader but was not the best player of his generation. I can't say who the greatest Springbok of all time is as I only started watchin and following rugby about 10 years ago but judging from what I've seen in the last decade, my money goes to Petrus Fourie du Preez who played a key role with his educated boot and decision making in helping the Boks win the William Webb Ellis trophy in 2007 and Tri-Nations in 2004 and 2009(beating the All Blacks 3-0 in the process) along with the British and Irish Lions series. Schalk Burger, Jaco van der Westuizen and Victor Matfield pushing him close.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-11-01 19:40

    And why is this news? Greatest cheat..... I am sure Bryce Lawrence will be the greatest ref too. No surprise really....

  • piet.boerie - 2012-11-02 04:15

    Not only the greatest AB but also the greatest player that ever lived. Never in the history of rugby has one player has some much influence on any game. He has no laws, he is so smart he outsmarts refs, he can knee a key player in the head and still get away with it. Beyond a shadow of doubt the greatest cheat that ever existed and makes Armstrong look like look like a droopy-eyed armless child. Ever asked why players like Higginbottom, Schalla and Rougerie eye gouged Mccaw? He has bought world rugby into disrepute and is worse than a dirty thug or drug cheat. Saying that I wish the Boks had one LOL.

      piet.boerie - 2012-11-02 04:17

      And ye he trips players, ask Brussouw how Mccheat keeps him out of the game. Ohh quick run here come the fake kiwis skinny white trolls such big looses they come all the way to troll. Fake Kiwis.

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