McCaw tops list of sporting greats

Last updated 05:00 22/12/2012
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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Richie McCaw's need to set the standards of world champions has kept the All Blacks at the top of the game.

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New Zealand can be proud of its many inspirational sports stars, especially All Black great, Richie McCaw. 

When you go over Richie McCaw's stats you will be shocked. Over 100 games for the All Blacks, winning close to 90 per cent of them. He has won IRB Player of the Year three times. He has been New Zealand Player of the Year four times. He has won numerous Super Rugby titles, Bledisloe Cups, Tri-Nations and now the World Cup as captain. His resume is unbelievable.

To top it off he's a very clean player. He doesn't retaliate or play dirty. He plays to the very limit and gives 100 per cent in all his games. He can play with a broken foot, a damaged city, the weight of a nation and the burden of the captaincy in the heat of any battle. He is unflappable.

He is generous in winning and gracious in defeat, he pays tribute to his players and coaches and has never been caught up in any controversy - no drinking binges, no idiotic rants, no snide comments - he's just a humble, grateful young man who loves nothing more than playing rugby to his best ability and representing his country.

There are many sports people around like him, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Kieran Read, Valerie Adams, Sophie Pascoe, Mahe Drysdale, Mark Todd, Michael Jones (another all time great), Hamish Carter, Sarah Ulmer, Sir Richard Hadlee, Sarah Walker, Lisa Carrington (maybe a bit early), Irene Van Dyke and everyone from the Silver Ferns.

These guys and girls are truly inspirational they all seem to have this ability to stay out of trouble and give and give and give.

It's great to be a Kiwi. I hope you all have a great rest and come back stronger. Go Mahe - win two golds, you can do it.

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