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McCaw says time was right to hang up boots

  • McCaw says time was right to hang up boots

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is expected to announce his retirement from rugby on Thursday.

McCaw has called a media conference this afternoon, where it is likely he will confirm speculation that the most-capped Test player of all-time will hang up his boots.

The announcement will come just a day after the sudden death of All Black great Jonah Lomu, which prompted a flood of international tributes from sport stars, politicians, and celebrities.

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McCaw said immediately after the World Cup final win in October that he wanted to enjoy the moment and wouldn't rush to make a decision on his future.

The 34-year-old became the first captain to hoist the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time, after he first led New Zealand to victory on home soil in 2011.

Earlier in the year he had hinted that the World Cup would be his swansong.

He hasn't been included in the Crusaders squad for 2016 although NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew has said he will be granted a contract if he wished to play a 16th season of Super Rugby.

If he retires, McCaw will be the sixth All Black great from the World Cup squad to leave.

Backs Dan Carter, Conrad Smith and Dan Carter are leaving for French club contracts while front-rowers Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock have retired.

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