Player Profile – Richie McCaw
Full Name: Richard Hugh McCaw
Date of Birth: 31st October, 1980
Place of Birth: Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Current Team: Crusaders/Canterbury/New Zealand All Blacks
New Zealand All Blacks Player No.: 1014
New Zealand Player of the year: 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011
IRB International Player of the year: 2006, 2009, 2010
New Zealand Sportsman of the year: 2010, 2011
Born to a farmer father and a mother Richie McCaw started playing Rugby for the local rugby in South Canterbury called Kurow. But only in the year 1994, he started taking the game of Rugby seriously when he boarded the Otago Boy’s High School in Dunedin. He has been linked with dancer Hayley Hold, Nicola Grigg and Gemma Flynn. Richie McCaw’s other sporting passing is ‘flying’ and he has been honored by the Royal New Zealand Air Force as ‘Honorary Squadron Leader’ as well. McCaw also has a passion for gliding and he has also shown his gliding skills in the extreme sports Television series ‘Sportsstar Insider’ which was hosted by the former Australian Rugby player Andrew Ettingshausen.
In the year 2010 along with Dan Carter, Richie McCaw was signed by the All Blacks team at a price of NZ$ 750, 000 till then end of IRB Rugby World Cup of 2011 and became the highest paid Rugby players in the history of New Zealand.
In the year 1999, McCaw was selected in the New Zealand Under-19 squad and became the part of the world championship played in Wales. Next year he also became the part of New Zealand Under-21 squad and debuted for Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship. On 31st March he made his professional debut by playing for Crusaders in Super Rugby. Same year McCaw played his first ever international test for All Blacks against Ireland at the Lansdowne Road.
Richie McCaw plays as an openside flanker predominantly. He has also played as a ‘loose forward’ and ‘blindside flanker’ along with ‘number eight’ as well for his club Crusaders. IRB has quoted McCaw saying that, “My main role as a flanker is, defensively, to tie in with the back line to ensure that the defence works well.”