'Dr' Richie McCaw honoured

2012-04-23 14:07

Auckland - Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been honoured at Lincoln University with a doctorate of natural recourses.
According to the website, McCaw, who is expected to be back in action with the Crusaders in the coming weeks, turned down the ‘offer’ of a knighthood last season, but warmly accepted the honour from an institution he attended before rugby became full time.

The 103-Test capped flank studied for a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, completing all but two papers to be awarded the qualification, before he was called into the New Zealand Under-19s squad.

The rest they say is history.

McCaw is the second All Blacks captain after Wilson Whineray to be honoured.

McCaw, who will earn his 111th Crusaders cap when he returns to action, said he was thrilled to be honoured - although he said he wouldn’t likely formally add "Doctor" to his name.



  • Hallo - 2012-04-23 14:16


      Ray - 2012-04-23 17:07

      What is adoctorate in "natural recources"?

      Burtfred - 2012-04-23 18:00

      Dr McCaw no doubt studied the subjects of off-side, diving in, hands in the ruck and general cheating. His doctoral thesis was in referee deception and ball-theft.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 22:23

      DR RICHIE MCCAW ...........aint that got a nice ring to it

      Nzbro - 2012-04-24 10:10

      lol.....I see after reading the comments here some of you saffas are still having difficulty acknowledging your true short comings in YOUR team. Instead you direct your anger at one of the greatest players in AB history who was not even on the field at the time. Have you forgotten that it was YOUR TEAM who lost against Oz even with 70+% possession AND 50+% territorial advantage? Meantime Dr McCaw was at his hotel watching your nightmare unfold. So Get over your selves man or seek professional therapy for denial. I don’t read of anybody in SA wanting to honour anybody who played in the 2011 RWC. Why is that I wonder...? Is it because they have no real talent to honour or perhaps because they have long passed their sell-by date before the RWC, hence the zero WC result? Even now there is talk in your media of bringing V Matfield back as bok skipper! Why ? Still no talent to choose from to lead? Cant wait for the 4 nations cup. Its gonna be a cracker!

  • Nigel - 2012-04-23 14:17

    Lol, what will the All Blacks be without Dr Mcaw, one of the few players in the wold that has refs wrapped around his finger

      Razz - 2012-04-23 15:41

      He even wraps SA refs too, what a silly comment.

  • Topsy - 2012-04-23 14:23

    dr. cheat, well done! they should investigate you on that show cheaters . . . please write a thesis on cheating!

      Charl - 2012-04-23 14:36

      Jealousy makes you nasty

      Razz - 2012-04-23 15:42

      @Charl. He is not just jealous he is an idiot too.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-04-23 14:30

    The Journo who penned this article should learn to spell: "recources "should "resources" !!! Don't these guys do a simple spelling check?

      Shane - 2012-04-23 15:01

      Hi, I think a 'natural recourse' is where when a player hits you and you hit him back?

  • Ettiene - 2012-04-23 14:45


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      Razz - 2012-04-23 15:43

      Legend X far

  • Doug - 2012-04-23 14:54

    After the world cup win the Kiwi press wanted to nominate him for a Knighthood, starting to sound like a banana republic dictator.......his Excellency Sir, Dr, Richie Macaw, what next ? a General ?

      Nigel - 2012-04-23 15:03

      President of the IRB, that way he will be able to carry on with the officiation bias that Paddy O Brian has afforded his adoptive country.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 22:30

      hey doug is a member of the OECD ,with a sound political system. not a bannana republic (like south africa). that might explain why there are thousands of yarpies moving to nz every year aye matey....

      Pia - 2012-04-24 00:11

      you should no isnt South Africa a Republic

  • WimpieN - 2012-04-23 15:09

    I nominate Brice Lawrence for a Doctorate for being a Natural C@#T........... Then they can each write a book. "Refereeing dummies" or "Refs: How to OWN them"

  • Charl - 2012-04-23 15:16

    everyone who say he is a cheat. one thing. its not his fault that refs dont penalize him. i think any player that can get away with something without being penalized for it will do it.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-23 15:45

      Now there is a thought. So all these fraudsters, that do not get caught, are no quilt. It is the police's fault not catching them and therefore they can commit those crimes( they also only wants to be winners and have money) Yes, any player in certain limits, but not him. He overstep the boundaries most of the times he plays. Yes, even "trying to get away with something" has boundaries.

      John - 2012-04-23 16:52

      So, if I follow the logic of your argument, stealing is also fine, as long as you are not penalized for it?

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  • FeebleGastro - 2012-04-23 16:11

    These sheep shaggers are crazy.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-04-23 16:16

    "Bachelor of Agricultural Science, completing all but two papers to be awarded the qualification, before he was called into the New Zealand Under-19s squad." Under 19 and "Dr" McCheatParrot only needed 2 more papers to get his bachelors? Standards are low in the land of the thin white turd.

      Fatu - 2012-04-23 16:38

      post of the year. haha

      Zion - 2012-04-23 17:24

      Seems you will never grow up too, SA turd with a serious belly-ache

      Burtfred - 2012-04-23 18:03

      FeebleGastro, your comment on what Zion's girlfriend looks like is irrelevant and nasty. Just look at the mislukke Zion - no wonder he likes the Allblacks.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-23 18:12

      But Burt, I made a point of not commenting on her ..... but then, looking at mislike Zion .... they probably deserve each other.

      EJ - 2012-04-23 19:29

      Its got nothing to do with standards. Its more about the university bending over to a iconic sports star. Honorary doctrates are, and always have been, simply marketing exercises by the universities not only in NZ but in Australia, US and the UK. I'm sure McCaw is smart enough to know that. He's just helping Lincoln raise its profile. I did my Honours in NZ and it required a lot of time, money and intellectual ability to get my Honours degree from Auckland Uni. It disappoints me to see someone be awarded a degree they did not study for - it makes a mockery of the tertiary education system. Trust me, they are throwing kitchen sinks over this in NZ.

  • Justin - 2012-04-23 16:27

    This is inline with the Doctored result of the World Cup! - 2012-04-23 19:40

      Like in '95 and '

  • Zion - 2012-04-23 17:19

    Well, the best in the world has been honoured as the best in the world and hence remain being the best in the world. This simply means the rest in the world must wake up and accept they were the best in the world but are no longer that any more. So get over your selves manne as you keep on telling me. Bunch of losers you are to not accept the facts.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 22:20

      well said zion, there simply honouring a true champion

  • Zion - 2012-04-23 17:22

    And as a second thought take time to practice how to effectively add thumbs down to the maximum with out lying too much, losers.

  • Zion - 2012-04-23 17:26

    VIVA DR. RICHIE MCCAW Go show the losers how it is done and educate those jealous buggers.

  • bradley.kiewiets - 2012-04-23 18:47

    Im proud of the All Black Captain. Leaving studies to play Rugby and yet receive doctoral degree very impressive. On the field and off the field

  • Robi - 2012-04-23 19:08

    skilful eye gougers...

      Pia - 2012-04-24 00:22

      He not South african is he

  • Rich - 2012-04-23 19:23

    Very little respect ever shown on here for the three time IRB player of the year by a bunch of armchair sportsmen whom most of have never played the game at a high level. Would love to hear some comments from the likes of Matfield, Burger and Smit to see if they agree with most of these comments. A captain and especially open side flankers should alter their game and tactics to suit the referee in charge enabling them to push the rules to the limit - smart rugby and something that RM is very good at.

      Rich - 2012-04-23 20:44

      How can a comment that had three thumbs up turn into a comment with zero thumbs up? Sport 24?

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  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-04-23 20:28

    There are always going to be one or 2 Coloured boys that are going to throw their 2 cents....they actually irrelevant to rugby circles and mean nothing in the eyes of a true all black rhat was born there,schooled there and who's children are eligible to actually play and are not wannabe

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-04-24 12:48

    wtf people give the guy a break. it's not like he asked the varsity to honour him. just because he's from a different country doesn't mean y'all have to go on like this.

  • Champ - 2012-04-24 14:54

    In South Africa, someone who is awarded an honorary doctorate does not use the title of "doctor"

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