McCaw's autobiography on sale

2012-12-05 13:05

Cape Town - Richie McCaw is the All Blacks' most capped player of all time, having represented New Zealand on 116 occasions to date.

During the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which culminated with host New Zealand beating France in final, McCaw crowned a 10-year career that started with a man of the match performance against Ireland in 2001.

Unquestionably the greatest player of his generation, McCaw is arguably the most talented rugby player of all time, having won the prestigious IRB World Player of the Year title on no fewer than three occasions, more than any player in history.

In September 2012 after the All Blacks v South African Test in Dunedin, current Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said that McCaw was the greatest rugby player the world has ever seen.

McCaw, 31, has also represented the Crusaders on 120 occasions in Super Rugby, scoring 130 points in the process.

In his autobiography, McCaw recounts for the first time, with brutal honesty, the roots of his family life that defined his character - learning to play the game on the family farm in South New Zealand and being inspired to fly gliders by his war-hero grandfather - and how it gave him the strength to emerge from the lowest moment in his career to become the most successful captain world rugby has ever seen.

Unafraid of playing the game right at the edge and putting his body on the line for his team mates, McCaw has set the standard of what a professional rugby player should be.

Hugely popular and respected, his sheer presence means that he is a natural leader of men both on and off the pitch and his story is not just a brutal account of life on the front line, but an exhilarating portrait of modern rugby.

The Real McCaw: The Autobiography by Richie McCaw (Aurum Press, £20) is currently available from all good bookshops.


  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-05 13:32

    That's on my Christmas list. Humble and decent bloke. At least his autobiography should be true. I am wondering though, if he wrote it... biography or auto?

      fatu.esialai - 2012-12-06 07:28

      He didn't write it by himself (with Greg McGee) but it's written in the first person, so I guess that makes it semi-autobiographical. I can't imagine any active professional sports(wo)man has the time to do it alone.

  • cape.maori - 2012-12-05 14:15

    This is on my Christmas shopping list - with my new Merida!!!!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-05 16:42

      You ordered a wife called Merida? From Ceres?

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-12-05 16:50

      haha a total waist of time and money

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-05 16:53


      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-12-05 17:00

      ok sorry *WASTE*

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-05 18:16

      Would you like an autographed one Cape? Inbox me :)

      will.hodge.524 - 2012-12-05 20:17

      This will just contain excuses for past losses

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-05 20:50

      Will are you confused bro, he's not a bok supporter so finding every excuse for everything is not in his nature. Typical! I've read it and I think the only person that cops any flak is himself and a taxi driver. Inbox me and I'll send you a box of tissues!

  • will.hodge.524 - 2012-12-05 20:16

    I bet this autobiography also claims there was match fixing involved in 2007

      dave.roberts.182940 - 2012-12-06 02:22

      Which there was.

  • fatu.esialai - 2012-12-06 05:50

    I've read his book The Openside. I presume this the same book just renamed for the international market. Seriously, some of you Bok supporters should read it. You might learn a few things. A great man he is, and a mighty fine captain and player.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-12-06 13:33

      I visited my sons in NZ recently and purchased it. He is one helluva decent guy apparently. Although I am a Bok fan for life one cannot but admire him.

      dellwayne.louw - 2012-12-10 00:40

      on our shelves its called...the real McCheat

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-12-06 13:37

    one autobio i will actually pay money for...he is indeed a legend of the game.

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