Richie McCaw, the captain of New Zealand’s national rugby team, has retired from the sport.
Earlier this month, McCaw captained the All Blacks to their second consecutive Rugby World Cup victory, as New Zealand became the first country to win back-to-back tournaments and the first to win three Cups.
McCaw, 34, began his pro career in 2001 with the Crusaders of Super Rugby and made his senior international debut that same year.
“I’m hanging up my boots having accomplished everything I could have ever dreamed about in the game. Knowing that I was able to end my career by helping the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup Final is a hugely satisfying feeling,” McCaw said in a statement.
McCaw called winning this year’s World Cup that proudest moment of his long career.
Several of McCaw’s rivals paid tribute to him after his announcement.
McCaw was New Zealand’s Player of the Year four times and was named New Zealand’s Sportsman of the Year after leading the All Blacks to a Rugby World Cup title on home soil in 2011.
- Dan Gartland