New Zealand rugby captain retires

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RM1After an outstanding year, New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has announced that he is going to retire.

The thirty-year-old flanker played a world record 148 tests, winning 131 of them and leading the All Blacks to two astonishing World Cup victories.

But not only that, McCaw is also a three-time holder of the ‘World Player of the Year’ award.

This was announced 24 hours after the death of Iconic All Blacks winger, Jonah Lomu who took his game to the next level but sadly passed away this week.

“Today, I thought about whether it was the right thing to do,” said McCaw. “But I’m going to be hanging up my boots.”

“My last game was the World Cup final, so the end of something that has been a big part of my life,” he said.

McCaw said he had played some of his best rugby in the last few weeks, and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen agreed, saying the World Cup final was “one of his best games”.

(Before the news conference, there was a one minute silence for Lomu, whose death, at the age of 40, has shocked the rugby world.)

McCaw has decided that he wants his next job to be a helicopter pilot!

Who is going to be the captain now?


Josh, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy