Rugby

McCaw receives New Zealand's highest honour

2015-12-30 21:43
Richie McCaw (Gallo Images)

Wellington - Recently retired All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been awarded New Zealand's highest civil honour in recognition of his record-breaking international rugby career.

McCaw, who received the honour on his 35th birthday on Thursday, has been appointed to the Order of New Zealand, an honour restricted to 20 living New Zealanders at any time.

He twice previously refused a knighthood, a lesser honour which would have entitled him to be called Sir Richie McCaw, and said on Thursday "I've never been comfortable with titles, it's not who I am."

McCaw said he felt extremely privileged to "join the list of some truly great New Zealanders." Members of the order include golfer Sir Bob Charles.

McCaw led New Zealand to victories at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, making them the first team to win back to back.

He retired after playing a world record 148 tests.

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