While he celebrated with a loss to the Stormers, that won’t take away from the achievement of Richie McCaw reaching 100 Super Rugby caps. It was probably a longer time coming than it could have been, considering the ‘rest and recovery’ during the 2007 Super 14, a break at the beginning of the 2010 Super 14, and numerous injury layoffs. His debut was way back in 2001.
Richie McCaw’s rugby cv reads like a check list of boyhood dreams. He debuted for the All Blacks at 20, first captained them at 23, and is the fastest player in the world to clock up 50 rugby test wins. He’s been the All Black first choice openside flanker since he debuted in 2001. Injury and some rotation has kept him from 25 of the 105 tests the All Blacks have played since then so he now sits on 80 test caps for the All Blacks. McCaw is the only player to receive the International Rugby Player of the year award twice.
Domestically McCaw has the Crusaders to back-to-back Super 14 titles in 2005 and 2006 and another in 2008. He led the Canterbury NPC team to the 2004 title.
McCaw has his private pilot’s license, flies gliders, and has even been names an honorary squadron leader until December 31, 2011 by the Royal New Zealand Air Force. All he needs now is probably slay a dragon and the guy will be named King of New Zealand.
The one thing his cv really lacks is a Rugby World Cup medal, and he’ll be working pretty hard to put that on there too.