McCaw in line for knighthood after World Cup

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that All Blacks captain
Richie McCaw will be offered a knighthood to honour his illustrious career after
the Rugby World Cup.

McCaw is expected to retire from playing rugby after the world cup and this
time he is more likely to accept the offer after turning it down the last time
he was offered it.

The All Black captain lead New Zealand to victory in the 2011 World Cup and
was offered knighthood then but turned it down saying that it was not something
he wanted while he was still playing.

But as New Zealand celebrated his record 142nd Test when leading the All Blacks
to a 41-13 win over Australia at the weekend, and with retirement expected in
two months, Key said there was no doubt a second offer would be made.

“Whether he would take one, I don’t now. The offer was there before and
I can’t imagine anything has changed,” Key told TV3.

McCaw has declined to talk about his future beyond the World Cup starting in
England next month but Graham Henry, who was knighted after coaching New Zealand
to the 2011 World Cup crown, described him as a natural leader.

“He’s very bright, very resourceful and very brave. You put all that together
and players play for him. He leads from the front,” Henry said.

“He knows he has to play well for them to play well. He understands what
leadership is about. It’s about doing rather than talking, he’s got it all.”

Henry said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if McCaw resumed his studies
once he retires.

The 34-year-old was part-way through a degree in agricultural science before
becoming a full-time rugby player.

He has since become the world player of the year three times, only lost 15
of 142 Tests played, and led New Zealand to win the World Cup four years ago
while playing on a broken foot.

He has kept the All Blacks at the top of the world rankings since November

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