Richie McCaw is one of the world’s most famous rugby players as the All Blacks captain and arguably the best openside flanker in the game. Still only 26 years old, McCaw has 53 international caps to his name, 18 of which have been as captain.
The omnipresent McCaw will have given some thought to lifting the Web Ellis Trophy in Paris this year, with his team billed as hot favourites to win. He has captained the side over the last 2 years, leading New Zealand to the very top of world rugby.
The Canterbury Crusaders man is a stalwart in defence making punishing tackles and frequently winning turnover ball. He also has the pace and handling ability to be a fine attacking force and is an outstanding link man between backs and forwards, lubricating the frighteningly quick gameplan that the All Blacks employ.
He was awarded the IRB Player of the Year award in 2006 and will form a sublime back row unit along with Rodney So’oialo and Jerry Collins. Many are predicting a South Africa versus New Zealand World Cup final, so look out for McCaw against nemesis Schalk Burger as well as Pierre Spies and Juan Smith.