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Richie flies high

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Friday, November 03, 2017

Richard McCaw, the former All Blacks captain and commonly known as 'Richie', has achieved the pinnacle of his career as he became an Air Force commander. Recognised as the world's best openside flanker, McCaw is now a wing commander.

Richie's record as player and captain is without precedent.

He became the first All Black to reach 100 Tests in 2011 and by the end of the 2014 season he had played 137 Test matches.

The rugby fraternity saw his brilliance as a leader when he lifted rugby's greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup in 2011 at home, battling through a troubling foot injury.

McCaw is the most capped All Black ever and has been IRB Player of the Year a record three times in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

A tireless worker, who reads the game well, McCaw led the ABs to 13 victories in 14 Tests, with the team winning the Tri Nations and achieving the grand slam. Now that his rugby career has come to an end, he is able to accomplish his ambition in the aviation industry. He has been an honourary squadron leader of the Royal New Zealand Air Force since 2009. Known in the rugby circles for his comradeship, courage and commitment, Richie has a long way to go. Although I miss seeing him in the Crusaders and All Blacks colours, it gives me joy to see our former captain and hero shine in his new career pathway. My best wishes to Richie as he prepares for the journey. I hope to read more stories on Richie via The Fiji Times!

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