33 year old Richie McCaw has created a record appearing for 134th time this Saturday for New Zealand against South Africa. The match took place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
McCaw broke the record of Colin Meads who appeared 133 times before his retirement in 1971.
In his 133’d test appearance, McCaw’s team was pitted against the Barbarians.
Steve Hansen, coach of the New Zealand team congratulated McCaw on his achievement, he further added that McCaw is a special player playing every one of his games with a lot of commitment, passion and mental strength.
Winning 89% of all the matches he participated in proves how much he was determined about winning.
McCaw debut match was in 2001 when New Zealand faced off against Ireland. In that match he earned the title of “man of the match” and got himself selected as the first choice openside flanker for New Zealand Rugby union team for the 2003 Rugby World cup. Five years after that he became a skipper and he went on to become one of the greatest loose forwards.
The legendary Colin Meads, whose record was broken by McCaw, was one of the greatest All Blacks himself and was titled New Zealand Rugby Player of the Century by a vote which took place in 1999.
In his international career spanning 15 years, McCaw established himself as an iconic figure. He is very much loved by his countrymen and has earned much respect from his opponents.
Richie McCaw is presently the test captain of the New Zealand national Rugby union team, he mostly plays in the openside flanker position. Many people consider him to be the greatest openside flanker the sport has ever seen. Two things that are his specialty are his play anticipating prowess and his ability to adapt to the rulings of the referee.