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Richie McCaw ex All Blacks Captain


About Richie McCaw

Graham Henry on Richie McCaw:
Very modest and very intelligent with seven straight A’s in his first year at university. An outstanding number 7, the only man to win the IRB player of the year on three occasions. He leads by example, he sets objectives, he has the respect of the troops and a great feel for the moment. Up there with Wilson Whineray, Brian Lochore, Graham Mourie, Buck Shelford and Sean Fitzpatrick as one of the great post war captains of New Zealand rugby. He is a very special man.


  • Born: 31 Dec, 1980, Oamaru, North Otago, NZ
  • Weight: 108kg Height: 1.88m
  • New Zealand: 127 caps, 83 victories
    105 points (19 tries)
  • All Blacks captain: 58 tests
  • Debut: Ireland, aged 20, 17 Nov, 2001
  • Crusaders: 129 caps, 130 points
  • Canterbury: 34 caps, 45 points
  • IRB Player of the Year: 2006, 2009, 2010

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I break down playing seven into four key components: tackling, clearing rucks, putting pressure on ball carriers and carrying the ball yourself


There is no point in trying to be a captain if you are not worth your place in the side. Maybe once a century, someone in some sport defies the convention. England once had a cricket captain called Mike Brearley who was not the world’s greatest opening bat but who had a mind like Plato. He was a successful leader..

The Four Basics

In this short video by All Black Captain Richie McCaw he describes the four simple things he thinks he needs to do well to be a good rugby player…


It took me a couple of days to recover after our win over Australia at Eden Park. It was a hard physical test match – what you would literally call a bruising encounter – and without a high fitness level it would have taken me much longer to recover from the knocks…

Learning from World Cup mistakes

Richie’s thoughts on how New Zealand can learn from the mistakes of the previous two World Cups.

Richie McCaw: Tackle Techniques Trailer

To celebrate the start of the World Cup, we are releasing Richie McCaw’s latest video on Tackle Technique.Get some inside tips from the All Blacks captain on how to improve your tackle technique and tackle attitude.

Richie McCaw: Dont forget your strengths...

The worlds best openside flanker Richie McCaw explains why it is important for rugby players to spend time focusing on their strengths and not getting lost in their perceived weaknesses. He then identifies the 4 key skills of a loose forward; tackling, clearing out rucks, putting pressure on the opposition breakdown and running with the ball. Explaining how in times of need he goes back to the fundamentals to get back in the game.

How I beat the pain to play in the World Cup final

Richie McCaw talks about the injury he picked up in World Cup year and shares his inside thoughts on how best to manage the recovery period.

Richie McCaw: Set Piece Running Lines Trailer

Watch one of the worlds best openside flankers, Richie McCaw, show you how to get from set piece to the breakdown as quickly as possibly. It is not about speed or knowing where to go, its about know how to get there efficiently and make the right decisions on what is happening next.

The Reds remain the team to beat

Richie McCaw previews the Super 15 season and predicts plenty of upsets but maybe a similar look to the semi-finals.

My best years are only just beginning

Richie McCaw comes back from injury in Week Ten of the Super 15, more excited than ever and still in search of the perfect game.

Why it is important to keep challenging yourself

Richie McCaw talks about his passion for rugby and why it is important to keep on challenging yourself and working on personal improvement.

Richie McCaw: Dealing with Set Backs

World Cup winning Skipper, Richie McCaw talks to The Rugby Site about dealing with set backs such as injury during a playing career.