All Blacks legend McCaw calls for stop-clock at scrums

2019-12-19 09:12
Richie McCaw (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Legendary former All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has called for a stop-clock to be introduced in rugby during scrum time in order to prevent time-wasting.

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In a question and answer session with fans for World Rugby, the double World Cup winner was probed on what rule change he'd like to see in the game.

"One of the things I get a bit frustrated by is the way a scrum can eat up a lot of time in the game," McCaw said, as quoted by the website.

"If I was going to change something it would be to stop the clock when awarding a scrum and it starts again when the ball comes in. You'd get quite a bit more rugby."

McCaw, who retired from rugby in 2015, added that he did not harbour ambitions of coaching at the highest level.

"I think I'd just get too frustrated. As a player I could get out there and do something about it. But when you are a coach I think you have to have a different way of looking at it. But I'd like to coach young kids one day," he said.

The 38-year-old played 148 Tests for New Zealand between 2001 and 2015 and captained the All Blacks to back-to-back World Cup wins in 2011 and 2015.

- Compiled by Herman Mostert

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