All Blacks captain Richie McCaw hangs up the boots

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has announced his retirement from rugby union.

The announcement was somewhat expected, after the veteran had hinted earlier in the year he had hinted that the World Cup would be his swansong.

“It’s the end of something that’s been a big part of my life,” McCaw said at a press conference this morning.


While he knew this day was coming, McCaw admitted he didn’t want to shut the door totally.

“I didn’t want to make it final because I was worried that the emotion might get to me in a World Cup year.

“You know, I might start thinking about last this, last that .. and maybe whether I did all the things that I needed to do to play my best.

“By leaving that door, even if it was only just creeped open a little bit, it didn’t feel final until perhaps right now,” he said.

So what’s next for the t the most-capped Test player of all-time?

Well, McCaw says his future is in flying.

After learning to fly helicopters in 2012, he says he’s been given the chance to be a part of Christchurch Helicopters where he will learn to be a commercial pilot.

“It’s something i’m hugely passionate about,” McCaw admitted/

“I know it will never replace the thrill of running out in front of 80,000 but some of the things I’ve got to experience so far with it, it’s not far short.”

The announcement comes a day after the sudden death of All Black great Jonah Lomu.

McCaw admitted he wasn’t sure if he should call off his press conference but made sure to pay his respects to the New Zealand legend before his announcement.