McCaw on 100th Test and Zara

2011-09-23 08:35

Auckland - All Black skipper Richie McCaw on the verge of his 100th Test was asked on Friday about his greatest memories, what he does with his jerseys and even where Zara Phillips should go while she's in Dunedin.

The three-time IRB World Player of the Year will become the first All Black to play 100 Tests when he leads the team in a grudge match against their World Cup nemesis France here Saturday.

McCaw, 30, who turned down an invite to Prince William's wedding last April to concentrate on his rugby, has been called an inspiration both to his team and New Zealand as a whole.

He spent part of the traditional match-eve Captain's Run press conference at Eden Park on Friday ruminating on his towering career with some left-field questions thrown in for good measure.

McCaw said he had received a deluge of congratulatory messages, including two from old Wallabies' adversaries, George Gregan and Phil Waugh.

He rated his 2001 Test debut, the second Test against the 2005 British Lions and a 2009 Wallaby Test in Wellington as his special memories.

And what does McCaw do with his huge collection of All Black jerseys?

"Swap a few jerseys. Two or three special ones framed up and the rest of them sit in a box," he said.

He said in his quiet moments he reflected on what he has achieved in rugby.

"It's something that you reflect on later and saying that you have to take a moment to remember what you're doing.

"Every time I go out on the field I pinch myself and make sure how lucky I am to be putting on a black jersey and I always take a moment to do that," he said.

"After tomorrow night it will be something you reflect on a little bit, but then you have to move on pretty quick because there's a tournament you are endeavouring to win."

And Zara Phillips?

Phillips, the granddaughter of Britain and New Zealand's Queen Elizabeth, is due to watch husband Mike Tindall in World Cup action for the first time in Dunedin this weekend.

Tindall has been engulfed in a media storm after being pictured with a mystery blonde during England's alcohol-fuelled night out in Queenstown.

McCaw, born in the Otago region, was asked what activities the Princess Royal could do while she was in Dunedin, a city of 120 000 tucked at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island.

"I don't know," McCaw said sheepishly. "I was going to say something about seeing some seals out on the peninsula, but I don't know."


  • Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 08:58

    According to Saffas, NZ have ugly woman, low blow.......she's beautiful, let's have an intelligent discussion regarding FACTS per population.

      MTRJ - 2011-09-23 09:03

      ???? She is from England. Not NZ.

      Oom Filimon - 2011-09-23 09:34

      Clearly you are brain dead..........doffie deluxe! I won't even suggest you stick to rugby issues 'cos you knw nada about that as well!

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 09:37

      Clearly Ooom, per population, ever heard of jokes? Doh

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 09:44

      You must be of Dutch extraction, no humour, but at least you're boring

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 10:30

      So many thumbs down, do you think Hougarrd looks better? Great dive by the way.....Beautiful, funny how saffas call class with ass against WHO? Love pretty woman but arrogance? You got ta love it

      Buffalo - 2011-09-23 12:01

      What has this dipsh-t Puck'n Runt been smoking? What an idiot! Maybe, out here in the sticks, I am missing half of this article - most definitely the accompanying picture(s) and some posts - but even with what I do have: stop posting so as to read your own name in print, you dork! What do any of your posts mean? You chop!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-23 14:20

      Ruck please don't try to disguise your ignorance as humour? Shame must be difficult when you actually think that the Queens granddaughter is a kiwi... poepol

  • POLAR_BEAR - 2011-09-23 08:59

    A huge congratulations on your 100th game. Any rugby supporter with just a slight inkling of the understanding of the game will agree you deserve it. One of the greats of the modern era.

  • EJ - 2011-09-23 09:35

    how does Trindal who looks like an ork on steroids, get to marry this beauty.

      Shakes - 2011-09-23 09:55

      LOL, love is blind:)

      Daniel - 2011-09-23 12:09

      Beauty? Come on. By English standards she's so-so, by New Zealand standards, she's a goddess, by South African standards - ehhh.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-23 09:39

    Congrats Richie. The man we love to 'hate'. Much respect to you dude, and may we see you a few more years yet.

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-23 10:09

      On behalf of my captain, thank you.

      pants - 2011-09-23 13:35

      You may call him your CPT. But I guarantee that he thinks very little you. No one has respect for a self hater, Maori wannabe.

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-23 16:01

      Dont wet you pants boet. go cry and feel sorry for yourself somewhere else.

  • sharkbait - 2011-09-23 10:08

    Well done Richie, you are right up there with the greatest... Sean Fitzpatrick, George Gregan etc... the greatest cheats in the game!

      POLAR_BEAR - 2011-09-23 11:02

      For ignorance...100%, sardine bait. For no understanding of the game of rugby...150%.

  • Kapa O Pango - 2011-09-23 10:50

    McCawsome Richie!!!

  • joe joe - 2011-09-23 11:51

    @ ruck n punt.. if only the tanned whales you have in NZ were as hot as the SA WOMEN

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-23 13:26

    Richie McCheat... congrats on your 100th test cap! Great accomplishment. Just hope that "100th game bogey" does not bite you in the ass.. oh who am I kidding? I hope it does! :) GO LES BLEUS!

  • wozlocksley - 2011-09-23 15:16

    congratulations to richie on his hundredth. he is a living legend and thoroughly deserved two of his three world player of the year awards. 2009 belonged to fourie du preez.

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