McCaw out until April

2012-02-14 07:39

Wellington - New Zealand's Rugby World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw has begun running again following foot surgery but does not expect to be available for the Crusaders' Super Rugby campaign until at least April.

McCaw battled through immense pain in his right foot during last year's World Cup as a screw inserted to fix a fracture before last year's Super Rugby competition only served to aggravate him.

The 31-year-old openside flank had surgery after the World Cup to remove the screw and told reporters in Auckland on Tuesday that he doubted he would play again before April.

"The foot is really good. I've just started back running," the All Blacks captain told reporters at the New Zealand launch of the Super Rugby competition.

"I'll progress over the next few weeks to hopefully get back out on the field soon, but hopefully it's all behind me.

"By March, I should be pretty close to knowing when I'll be back, but I'd say some time in April.

"But I don't want to put too tight a time frame on it."

The Crusaders head to South Africa for two matches against the Lions in Johannesburg on March 31 and Bulls in Pretoria on April 7, before they host the Stormers on April 14.

The Crusaders will also be without the services of star flyhalf Dan Carter during the opening Super Rugby rounds after he suffered a groin injury during the World Cup.


  • Lionel - 2012-02-14 08:03

    Great replacement in Matt Todd waiting in the wings!!!!!!

  • Werner - 2012-02-14 08:06 (Deel1/Part1) (Deel2/Part2) (Deel3/Part3) show 5 deur reguit rugby ons praat oor die kings en currie cup, en aussies

  • Theprodigy - 2012-02-14 09:02

    take the year off, we won't miss you

      Bluey - 2012-02-14 10:24

      @PinkRaven Have you got your new supporters jersey yet?

      Bluey - 2012-02-14 10:24

      @PinkRaven Have you got your new supporters jersey yet?

  • Kevin - 2012-02-14 09:10

    They will just have to get Bryce to ref all there games

      andre.badenhorst - 2012-02-14 09:55

      Dearest Kevin....grow up, your comment is old news!!!

      andre.badenhorst - 2012-02-14 09:55

      Dearest Kevin....grow up, your comment is old news!!!

      marnus.norval - 2012-02-14 13:43

      Omg you are a retard son. Bryce reffed 5 of the 48 games. That is 10%. And he didnt once reff a NZ game. NZ won caus they dominated the rugby scene for 4 years even more. Stop living in the past you fool.

      marnus.norval - 2012-02-14 14:27

      Did bryce keep knocking the ball every time the Springboks wanted to score? NO. Did bryce make 147 tackles and only missed 13? NO If you look at the stats SA only dominated in territory and possesion but could do nothing with the ball caus they kept knocking it. SA made 11 handeling errors and missed 2 penalties and 1 drop goal. I guess that is also Bryces fault. I dont care what happened in the WRC we can all speculate what would have happened differently if SA won AUS, if SA lost to Wales (also a game full of errors from the ref). No matter what we say, how many times we cry the world cup is over its gone. So why bring it up again? McCaw is one of the best players in the world. To make such a negative comment about something which he has no control over is a bit over the top.

      marnus.norval - 2012-02-14 15:17

      SA barely won against wales. They barely won against Samoa, They lost against AUS Since start of 2008 up to the start of the world cup South africa lost 40% of their games and AB only 17% AB won because they are good and they worked for it. Not because of 1 ref and 1 game. Even though Springbok supporters will always keep telling themselves that. Show me a ref that has never ever made a mistake. Its part of the game live with it.

  • Lynley - 2012-02-14 10:37

    It happens when one is held together with nuts and bolts.

  • Charl - 2012-02-14 13:42

    McCaw is the best

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