Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw. The Captain has left the bridge.

The time has come for Richie McCaw to hang up his boots and call time on a glittering Rugby career.

Richie McCawThe three time World Champion and most capped player, Richie McCaw is going to be missed.

Richie McCaw brings out the best in any team with dedication, talent and focus. What a player, what a career and what a loss to the All Blacks and rugby in general.

But it’s time to move on after a staggering career that boasts a world record 148 Tests, three world championships, two of which as the All Blacks captain and an amazing 89% win ratio of 131 wins out of 148 games.

It’s fair to say that the rest of the rugby world will be sad but a little relieved that Richie McCaw is calling time. The 34 year old from Oamaru has dominated the game for the past 15 years. A three time winner of the World Player of the Year award and a possible 4th on its way, Richie McCaw has played some of his best rugby in the past could of months and ends on a high.

“Today, I thought about whether it was the right thing to do, but I’m going to be hanging up my boots. My last game was the World Cup final, so the end of something that has been a big part of my life”.

“It has been a hell of a journey over the last 15 years. I’ve been privileged to do what I love for so long”.

Richie McCaw in numbers

148 – Tests (Record in rugby union history)
132 – All Black players débuts since McCaw’s first Test
131 – Test wins
110 – Games played as All Blacks Captain
89% – Win ratio as Captain
3 – World Cup winners medals (2 as Captain)
3 – World Player of the Year awards
2 – Number of Home test games lost

Richie McCaw might be gone from active rugby play, but the history books will remember the player that made the All Blacks what they are today.