By Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw is the recent Zealand All Blacks’ so much capped participant of all time. through the 2011 international Cup he reached a hundred caps and has performed over 60 exams as Captain. while the All Blacks beat France in ultimate, he topped a 10 yr occupation that begun with a man-of-the-match functionality opposed to eire in 2001. undoubtedly the best participant of his new release, he's arguably the main proficient rugby participant of all time.

In his autobiography, McCaw recounts for the 1st time, with brutal honesty, the roots of his kinfolk existence that outlined his personality – studying to play the sport at the relations farm in South New Zealand and being encouraged to fly gliders by means of his war-hero grandfather – and the way it gave him the energy to emerge from the bottom second in his profession to develop into the main winning Captain global rugby has ever seen.

Unafraid of taking part in the sport correct on the part and placing his physique at the line for his crew buddies, McCaw has set the normal of what a qualified rugby participant can be. highly well known and revered, his sheer presence signifies that he's a typical chief of guys either off and on the pitch and his tale isn't just a brutal account of lifestyles at the entrance line, yet an exhilarating portrait of recent rugby.

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We set up another series of brutal pick-and-gos. Crunch the bastards. It’s like lateral pile driving with a human drill. If we can’t do it by metres, we’ll do it by centimetres, doesn’t matter. I keep telling myself that if we’re hurting, the French must be in agony. Ali makes two metres, Horey makes three. Jacko only makes a pace, but by then we’re a metre from their line. Brendon flicks it blind to Rodney, who puts his head down and bulldozes through Thion to the line. Ali and Woody are on top of him: we know he’s made it, but Barnes is unsighted and asks for a replay.

We pile drive through 14 brutal phases of pick-and-gos to get to 35 metres out from the French line. Five minutes to go. Stick to the game plan. Attack narrow again, pick and go, get another try doing what has already worked. Failing that, a penalty. We haven’t had a penalty in the second half. Law of averages, if we keep possession, keep the French under the hammer, they have to infringe. Have to. Seventeenth phase. I burst down the blind to set it up 10 metres out from their line. Chris Masoe takes it another couple of metres, and after 19 phases we’re right in front of the posts.

Some of them hadn’t been selected to play and were, perhaps justifiably, pissed off. Maybe if we’d had the experience and composure of Doug and Aaron Mauger in that last 20, the result might have been different, but for me it was either way too late or way too early to be thinking about all that. I felt sorrier for guys like Ali and Rodney, who had played so well they deserved to be on the winning side. I got out of there. Vale Glamorgan had its own sports complex and golf course, so I played nine holes of golf with a couple of the guys.

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