CHRISTCHURCH - Flanker Richie McCaw could yet join fellow-All Blacks loose forward Kieran Read on the sideline for the Crusaders' opening Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Christchurch.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder confirmed on Monday that Crusaders captain and standout Test No.8 Read will miss the game on February 21, as has always been the plan.
However, Test great and New Zealand captain McCaw could also be eased slowly into the season, with Blackadder considering playing Matt Todd on the openside flank against the defending champions.
McCaw, 33, returns to the field in the Crusaders' final pre-season match against the Hurricanes in Levin on Friday.
However, Blackadder says early-season form will dictate his selection.