|Full Name||Richard Hugh McCaw|
|Profession (s)||Professional Rugby Player|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 187 cm|
|in meters: 1.87 m|
|in feet inches: 6 ft 2 in|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 107 kg|
|in pounds: 236 lbs.|
|Date Of Birth||Dec 31, 1980|
|Day of Birth||Wednesday|
|Place Of Birth||Omaru, New Zealand|
|Daughter||Charlotte Rose McCaw|
|Education (High School)||Otago Boy’s High School|
|Awards and Honours||2001: New Zealand Under 21 Player of the Year, NPC Division One Player of the Year
2002: International Rugby Players Association Newcomer of the Year
2003: New Zealand Player of the Year
2004: NPC Division One Player of the Year
2006: New Zealand Player of the Year, IRB International Player of the Year
2009: New Zealand Player of the Year, IRB International Player of the Year
2010: IRB International Player of the Year, New Zealand Sportsman of the Year
2011: New Zealand Sportsman of the Year
2012: New Zealand Player of the Year
|Service/Branch||New Zealand Air Forces|
|Total worth||$100 Million|
|Richie McCaw Quotes||I don’t believe in magic. I believe in hard work.|
Lesser Known Facts about Richie McCaw
- Richie’s grandfather was Scottish. He had migrated to New Zealand from there in 1893. He settled in Hakataramea Valley which is in South Canterbury. Richie’s father used to work on a farm while his mother was a teacher at Kurow. He was born in the town of Omarau.
- Richie actually grew up on his parent’s farm. He has a sister named Joanna. In his early days, Richie actually started flying gliders with his grandfather. His grandfather was a tempest pilot during World War II.
- He started playing rugby for the local Kurow rugby club as a youngster. He was initially playing the game as a hobby only. However, when he took admission in the Otago Boy’s High School in Dunedin, he started taking the game seriously.
- In his last year of school, he also became the head boy. McCaw was noticed by the national selectors when he played a 5 all draw match with Rotorua Boy’s high school in the 1988 New Zealand secondary school rugby final at Christ church. Although, he did not make it to the New Zealand Secondary school’s team.
- McCaw actually headed to Christchurch’s Lincoln University to study agricultural science. He was also keen on pursuing his game there. He actually pursued his degree completely but, when the last two papers were remaining for his bachelor’s degree, he decided to opt for rugby. He started practicing seriously for the game.
- So, in 1999, he was selected in New Zealand under 19 squad. The team was coached by Mark Shaw. It actually won the world championship in Wales. McCaw actually realized that his All black dream can be pursued and it will be achievable.
- The following year Richie was also selected for the New Zealand under-21 squad. His efforts were paying him off. He debuted for the Canterbury for the National Provincial Championship. He was debuting against North Harbour.
- His career then took a great speed as he debuted in Super Rugby on 31st March 2001. He made his debut with the Crusaders. Although, he could play only for a few minutes as he lost against the Hurricanes in that match.
- Thus, he could only play twice that year. He played both the time for Crusaders but only as a substitute which was just a total of 8 minutes of gameplay.
- He also played a whole season with NPC Champions Canterbury and also captained the team of New Zealand which was under 21. This happened that same year.
- McCaw was only 20 when he had played 17 different matches for Canterbury. In 2001, he was selected for the All Black team. His dream was finally accomplished. The new coach of the team John Mitchell made his selection for the end of year tour which included traveling to Argentina and Scotland.
- The All black openside flanker Josh Kornfeld was not very happy with the coach’s decision. He had also given a statement to the media where he mentioned that they are just giving the All Black jersey to almost everybody now.
- McCaw debuted against Ireland at Lansdowne Road. This was his international test match. His first touch was almost a knock-on as he was hit in a tackle. At that time, New Zealand was trailing with a score of 16-7 against the Irish. After halftime, the things changed as the All Blacks recovered a score of 40-29 and won the match. Richie was declared as the man of the match. He also received a standing ovation post the match.
- The turning point had come in his first debut international match when McCaw was able to steal the ball for Ireland. He then gave it to the left wing player Jonah Lomu. Richie explains this match to be a magical match. He thinks that it was wonderful to play in the stadium amidst the crowd and the cheers. It was a beautiful experience for him.
- McCaw was further able to play all the three test matches on the same tour. The All Blacks were able to further beat Scotland with 37-6. They also won against Argentina with a score of 24-20. At the end of the season of the rugby awards, McCaw managed to select himself as the New Zealand Rugby football union under-21 and Air New Zealand NPC Division one player of the year.
- By the time 2003 World Cup arrived, Richie was already a regular player for Canterbury, Crusaders, and even All Blacks. In the year 2002 and 2003, Crusaders managed to beat the Brumbies in the Super Rugby final of which Richie was a part. However, they lost to blues in 2003.
- The Canterbury provincial rugby team lost the semi-finale to the Auckland team who also won that championship. Richie was a part of this match as well. The All blacks including McCaw were asked to rest during the 2003 provincial championship.
- In 2002, McCaw actually played or the All Blacks against the Ireland team. They won two matches with 15-6 and 40-8 victories. They also won against tri-nations against Australia and South Africa. In 2002, McCaw played six test matches. His team won in five test matches. They only lost one against Australia.
- In 2002, Richie was also voted as the newcomer of the year by the Rugby Players Association. This award basically works on voting where all the international players are supposed to vote. The main thing is that they are not allowed to vote to players of their own team.
- Richie also did another successful campaign with Crusaders in 2003. His team reached the Super 12 finals. In the same year, Richie progresses with All Blacks as well. He was selected as the open side flanker or that team. All Blacks also retained the tri nation’s title in 2003 as well. They also regained the Bledisloe cup for the first time since 1997. His team was ranked behind England leading to the World cup.
- Richie was also selected as an openside flanker in 2003 for the All black’s world cup squad. He played in every game in that particular tournament.
- The 2007 Rugby World cup was held in France, Scotland, and Wales. His team which was the All Blacks was included in the pool of Italy, Scotland, Portugal, and Romania. His team comfortably made it to the pool play with scores like 76-14, 108-13, 40-0 and 85-8 respectively. Richie made just three appearances in the World cup because of Henry’s rotation policy. In the quarterfinals, his team lost to France by the score of 18-20. Thus, New Zealand had an early exit from the world cup that year.
- The last game that McCaw played was on October 31st, 2019. He captained for the New Zealand team to retain the Rugby World cup with a score of 34-17 against Australia. However, he had received a yellow card in that tournament for foot tripping in the opening game against Australia.
- After few days of his last game which was on November 19, 2019, McCaw announced his retirement from Rugby.
- The interesting part about Richie was that he used to barely lead the Haka. He was the captain of the All Blacks yet he rarely used to lead the team. He led the Ka Mate version 11 times passing the role to other players.
- McCaw used to play as the open side flanker frequently. He used to also play as the other loose forward positions which include blindside flanker and on number eight in the Crusaders team.
- Richie has been describing as the best openside flanker of his time. He was also awarded the IRB Player of the year for three times. He was also nominated for the same for eight times.
- Even Australian lock and award chairperson whose name was John Eales agreed to the fact that Richie was an outstanding player and a world class captain. He further added that he is the role model of rugby as well. He said this when he was presenting the award to Richie for the third time as the IRB Player of the year.
- McCaw has time and again said that he considers his ability to anticipate the gameplay and the sport as one of his strengths. He believes it is a true asset and that it has helped him during all his games.
- David Pocock who is also a celebrated Rugby player from Australia admires McCaw’s skills and presence of mind on the ground. David was also shortlisted for the IRB Award. He said the greatest strength that Richie has is that he can re-invent himself completely. He meant to say that Richie quickly adapted and worked his way out to the changes in the rules of the game.
- At the same time, McCaw has people who criticize him as well. They feel that he pushes the legal boundaries of the game which is not a very good practice. The former South African coach Peter de Villers and the former Australian coach Bob Dwyer both have called Richie a cheat. These were just two but apart from these, a lot of other people also feel that the referees used to literally allow him to almost murder his competitors at the breakdown. They thought this was his main reason for success.
- At the same time, in September 2012, when All Blacks played a test match against the South African team in Dunedin, the South African coach Heyneke Meyer made a comment on McCaw. He said that McCaw is the greatest player Rugby has ever got. This remark was a great honor for McCaw and it has been a moment of pride for him as well.
- Personally, McCaw liked to keep things low key. However, the media still found that he was dating a hockey player Gemma Flynn. The news started rotating in the public space in January 2013. The rumors were true as McCaw himself announced their engagement in January 2016. He married Flynn on 14th January 2017.
- Apart from rugby, Richie loves flying. It is his other passion which was almost gifted to him by his grandfather. He was also made an honorary Squadron Leader in the Royal New Zealand Air force in the year 2010. After that, he was further promoted to the post of honorary Wing commander in September 2016.
- Apart from that, there is a flying film made on him which was aired on the Discovery channel. He did a show about gliding in Australia and New Zealand. McCaw was gliding at Omarama at the extreme sports series which was called as the Sports star Insider.
- In 2012, McCaw was on a contract which made him one of the highest paying Rugby players in New Zealand apart from Dan Carter.