All Blacks Skipper Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby Following World Cup Win

All Blacks Skipper Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby Following World Cup Win
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A glittering career comes to an end. New Zealand skipper lifted the Rugby World Cup last month defeating arch-rivals Australia in the finals in UK. And Richie McCaw feels this is the right moment to quit rugby.


34-year-old All Blacks skipper announced his retirement on Wednesday. Richie McCaw has achieved the glory of lifting two World Cups as captain. His illustrious career is marked by 131 wins in 148 Tests.

“Today, I thought about whether it was the right thing to do this,” said McCaw, who now is a former Kiwi winger. “But I’m going to be hanging up my boots.”

The announcement came within a day of death of legendary former winger of New Zealand, Jonah Lomu.

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Before announcing his retirement, McCaw along with those present in the conference room held a minute’s silence in memory of Lomu, who died at the age of 40.

“My thoughts and condolences go to his wife and two boys,” added McCaw, who played several games with the ace winger.

“When I became an All Black he was in the team. To play with him was amazing. I remember one of my first games, I climbed off the bus and the mob came towards me and I thought ‘this is pretty cool, being an All Black’ but they kept going because they only wanted to be near to Jonah.”

McCaw who captained the Kiwi side in 109 Tests, now looks forward to pursuing a helicopter pilot’s career with the Christchurch helicopter company.

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