New Zealand’s two-time World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw announced his retirement from Rugby Union on on Thursday.
The All Blacks star, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever players of the game, ends his glittering career as the most capped player and captain in world rugby with 148 tests to his name – 110 as skipper and 131 victories.
He said: “You know, this announcement that, it really is, I’m going to be hanging up my boots, the end of my rugby days. So, that’s why I wanted to let people know that my last game for the All Blacks as a professional rugby player, was the World Cup final, a couple of weeks ago. The end of something that’s been a big part of my life.”
Over an international career spanning 14 years, the 34-year old flanker won three World Rugby Player of the Year awards and last month led the All Blacks to an unprecedented second successive World Cup title.
His retirement comes a day after the death of iconic All Black winger Jonah Lomu.