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Richie McCaw: On track to be a deity

JEFF NICHOLAS
Last updated 05:00 01/01/2013

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Richie McCaw has proved himself decades beyond all doubt.

His captaincy is beyond reproach, he's surpassed Fitzpatrick by A) Winning a Rugby World Cup, B) Having more wins as captain, and C) Having more direct influence on the outcome of a game.

Referees kowtow to him, coaches attempt to plan his downfall... yet he continues to rise.

There is no one in this country playing number 7 that has anywhere near the mental stamina or aptitude for the rules and the game, the physical prowess and endurance, or, above all, the sheer brilliance to come close to McCaw at test leve. In some respects this is a problem for the future, after McCaw retires. In the meantime, though, we should remain grateful.

Dan Carter is mercurial. The world has not seen a greater first five, but McCaw's mana transcends all bounds.

If he leads the All Blacks to World Cup glory defence in 2015, he will be a deity. Period.

I believe he will.


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