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Monday, January 16, 2006

 

International teams: All Blacks to sing to McCaw's tune



Source: Rugby365.com

Henry drops least subtle hint yet

New Zealand Graham Henry has dropped the clearest hint yet that Richie McCaw will take over the All Blacks captaincy from Tana Umaga this season.


McCaw has been the understudy to Umaga for some time, and led the team against Wales in 2004 when he was just 23 years old.

He also led the team against Ireland on the Grand Slam tour in November.

"It's not set in concrete but a blind man can see what we have been doing," Henry told the Sunday Star-Times.

"McCaw has been vice-captain and filled in for Tana already and that's what we have been grooming him to do.

"Unless something untoward happens in the next couple of months, he will be the front runner.

"There will be ongoing discussions and we will announce the result of those at the appropriate time.

"But I think it's reasonably obvious what's happening there isn't it?

"We have been grooming Richie McCaw for some time and there is a bit of water to run under the bridge before that announcement was made.

"But if everything runs well over the next few months it's obvious."

One factor that could count against the Crusaders captain is his history of head injuries which has seen him sidelined three times in the past 18 months.


Comments:
Donner I would hardly call that a hint....


My issue with McCaw is that maybe, just maybe he's a bit injury prone....

However he must be one of the best players in the world at the moment.


Damn but the Kiwis have many of them.

I mean, probably Dan Carter must, indivisually be the best player in the world, but McGod (as the Kiwis call him) must be a close second.
 
Not a good choice. Every time he leads the AB's onto the field at Loftus, he's gonna have nightmares of a certain Mr Bands. BTW ,does anyone know if his head still hurts?  
no surprises here  
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