Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has nominated an old mate as the “most inspiring and hard working player” he had worked alongside.
The “award” goes to Dan Carter, who teamed up with McCaw in an amazing partnership at Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks level, culminating in two World Cup wins. The pair retired after the 2015 cup.
“The amount of work he used to put in to make sure he was right to play on Saturday meant everyone around him made sure they were doing their little bits,” McCaw says in a question and answer session with World Rugby.
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“Having him direct things around the field made things pretty easy as a No 7.”
In the Q and A, McCaw also said his favourite back row combination was playing alongside Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino.
He nominates George Smith, who is in McCaw’s league for longevity as a player, as the best he competed against.