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McCaw’s days numbered!

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 24 Jun 2012 at 03:59
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In the wake of the 60-0 drubbing of Ireland last night at Waikato Stadium, All Black captain Richie McCaw’s days look numbered at openside flanker for the nation’s top sporting team. That said it is being touted by All Black greats that he (McCaw) looks poised to move to the blindside flank to prolong his already highly decorated international career.

In a Michael Jones-like revival that was inspired by a change to blindside flanker – McCaw is tipped to move away from his No.7 jersey for the upcoming Championship Series.

Debate has intensified recently over McCaw’s future with the absence of Kieran Read and the emergence of 20 year-old Sam Cane as potential first choice loose forward options – with the All Black blindside berth less tied down McCaw may slot their easily.

McCaw has started 100 of his 106 tests at openside flanker. The No.6 jersey that was vacated by Japan-bound Jerome Kaino has left the door open for Adam Thompson, Victor Vito or last nights starter Liam Messam.

McCaw is still widely regarded as the world’s best openside, with possibly David Pocock, Sam Warburton and Sean O’Brien snapping at his heels. McCaw now 31-year-old needs to and is well capable of adapting, he still rates highly as a combative, physical ball-carrying forward – traits World Cup winning No.6 Kaino epitomised.

McCaw, the master of slowing the ball down and turning over possession in a past life no longer exists – but like all breeds that survive he needs to evolve and McCaw has been a rare breed of rugby player that looks unlikely to be extinct for some time yet!


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