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- Me, Myself, and I
- ♥♥♥ THIS IS THE FAN CLUB FOR♥♥♥
♥♥♥THE NO: 7 ALL BLACK FLANKER♥♥♥
☻This is not his personal page☻
Player: ♥♥ Richie McCaw
Position: ♥♥ Openside Flanker
Born: ♥♥ 31/12/1980 Oamaru
Physical: ♥♥ 1.87m, 106kg
Tests: ♥♥ 55
Test Points: ♥♥ 50
Test Debut: ♥♥ 17/11/2001 v Ireland at Dublin
Province: ♥♥ Canterbury
Super 14 Team: ♥♥ Crusaders
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By MARC HINTON in Brisbane - Fairfax Media | Sunday, 14 September 2008
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw praised the contribution of the senior members of his team who led the fightback that eventually secured a Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup triumph at Suncorp Stadium that will live long in the memory.
The All Blacks had looked distinctly second best before they lifted their game off the charts during a brilliant spell of attacking rugby in the second half.
The New Zealanders charged back from a daunting deficit of 7-17, to score three straight tries in an unanswered 21-point scoring burst that in the end secured a famous victory for the All Blacks.
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By TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion Post | Monday, 11 August 2008
NEW BENCHMARK: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has challenged his side to mate their last Tri-Nations performance when they play South Africa in Cape Town this weekend.
McCaw said the 39-10 annihilation of the Wallabies in Auckland on August 2 had set a new benchmark for a relatively new combination.
"We have set a standard now and there are no excuses for not getting back to that level again," McCaw said yesterday after the team's first training run since arriving in South Africa.
"I guess it has given us confidence. There is a bit of belief there and we have put the line in the sand now."
McCaw said the challenge this week would be recreating the intensity within the squad that led to the demolition of the Wallabies.
"I guess we have to make sure regardless of what got us to perform that week we have to make sure we get to that point again."
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By GRANT FOX - RugbyHeaven | Sunday, 03 August 2008
A week's a long time in international rugby. And if you ever want evidence of Richie McCaw's standing in test rugby, I offer this match as compelling proof.
Richie's return seemed to infuse the All Blacks with self-belief.
A different team turned up last night. They were hurting deeply from last week, and responded in the time-honoured All Black fashion.
That was the critical lesson of a convincing victory which we should be celebrating today.
You have to turn up to play.
Richie personified that last night and his return kicked off a Domino Effect that overwhelmed Australia .
The All Blacks were winning the battle of the advantage line. That meant they were winning the physical collision.
They were also winning the set pieces, in particular - and to our surprise - the lineout to almost embarrassing proportions for Australia.
With greater balance in the tactical approach, superior field position and a McCaw-inspired forward juggernaut, the kicking game of Dan Carter and Mils Miliania deprived the Wallabies of the game-breaking opportunities offered in Sydney .
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The 2011 Rugby World Cup will be the seventh staging of the tournament. At a meeting of the International Rugby Board (IRB) held in Dublin on 17 November 2005, New Zealand was selected as the host country in preference to Japan and South Africa. There were two rounds of voting by the IRB Council to decide the host nation, with South Africa eliminated in the first round.
The event is expected to cost about NZ $310 million to run and will generate NZ $280 million in ticket sales.
 It will be the largest sporting event ever held in New Zealand, eclipsing the 1987 Rugby World Cup, 1990 Commonwealth Games, 2003 America's Cup and 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. Around 70,000 visitors from overseas are expected to travel to New Zealand for the associated games and events.
 The final will be played in Auckland on Sunday October 23, 2011, at Eden Park. The date was chosen so it falls on the long weekend caused by the New Zealand public holiday of Labour Day (Monday October 24, 2011).
 As of February 19, 2008, New Zealand's progress in preparing and implementing plans for the event received an A+ rating from the International Rugby Board's chairman and chief executive.
 After months of speculation that the number of participating teams would be reduced to 16, the IRB announced on Friday 30th November 2007 that the 2011 tournament would again feature 20 teams. 12 teams have already qualified as a result of finishing in the top 3 in each pool in the 2007 tournament, leaving 8 qualifying berths up for grabs.
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