Richie McCaw weighs in on flag debate, in favour of change
Recently crowned New Zealander of the Year Richie McCaw has called for a change in New Zealand's flag, just weeks before the final decision is made.
The All Black great took to social media to express his opinion on which flag he saw fit to represent the country he had done so much for.
McCaw posted a photo of the current New Zealand flag and the Australian flag hanging side-by-side at the final clash in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Twickenham, England.
"This is the moment when I decided a new flag would be great for our country," McCaw writes.
"Running out at Twickenham and seeing the two flags looking so similar. The silver fern has always been the special symbol on the All Black jersey that represents who we are as kiwis, so the new flag with a silver fern as a part of it would be a great option I believe".
The post generated thousands of likes within an hour of sharing, however some people were strongly against the rugby legend's opinion.
Katrina said, "Disappointing Richie that you would use sport as the platform. We have a bond with Australia that spans over a century, so what if our flags look similar."
Rongomai said, "Come on Richie, what about our ancestors who fought on behalf of that flag so that you would have the freedom to play rugby???"
But other comments agreed with McCaw and said the Australian flag was too close to home
Wanda said, "Totally agree. And we need to remember that our servicemen and women, who fought for our beloved country overseas, are buried not under a NZ flag, but a silver fern. It's time to take pride in our own legacy and move forward!"
Kim said, "Right there with you Ritchie - I'd be really happy if our flag changes to the alternative choice. So often overseas we get mistaken for Aussies because our flags are so similar".