Schoolboy club honours Richie

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013
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BACK TO HIS ROOTS: All Black captain Richie McCaw was honoured with life membership of the Kurow Rugby Club.

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He may have turned down a knighthood after leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory, but Richie McCaw was happy to accept a life membership from the Kurow Rugby Club.

McCaw became the 18th life member of his boyhood club on Tuesday night. He was only the second All Black the small country club has produced, after Phil Gard.

Kurow president Hamish Thompson said McCaw was delighted by the accolade.

"He seemed really pleased and was in no hurry to leave after the AGM."

Mr Thompson said they had been lucky the All Black captain was planning to go gliding at Omarama at the same time as the meeting.

"We had about 20 attend and I think Richie spoke to everyone. He hung around for a couple of hours afterwards."

McCaw played all his junior rugby at the club before he went on to board at Otago Boys' High School. "He played from 1985 until 1992, from memory," Mr Thompson said.

The presentation was made more special as McCaw's former coach, and fellow life member, Barney McCone made the presentation.

"Barney had coached him right through as he also had a son, Ross, in the team."

McCone said McCaw was a special player back then, displaying all the skills.

"It's a bit funny really as he played mostly at lock for me and a wee bit at number 8."

As to why he was so successful, McCone couldn't really put a finger on it. "All I can say is he is an outstanding rugby player and a real good bloke."

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