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Richie Retires: All Black skipper McCaw’s career in pictures

| 20.11.2015

Matt Haynes | November 19, 2015

Following the retirement of New Zealand rugby union star Richie McCaw, Coral look back at his career in pictures; the high points and low points, stretching back to his roots.

Hilary Shield

Britain England New Zealand Rugby

In November 2008, Twickenham hosted the innaugural Hilary Shield between England and New Zealand commemorating Everest explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, a match which the All Blacks won 32-6 with captain McCaw lifting the trophy. He is pictured here alongside teammates and Lady Hillary, celebrating the victory.

Rugby World Cup 2011 pre-match

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2011 - Pool A - New Zealand v Japan - Waikato Stadium

Here, McCaw is pictured walking the sidelines with Dan Carter, ahead of New Zealand’s Pool A match against Japan at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, as the All Blacks recorded an 83-7 victory.

Winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

McCaw lifts the Web Ellis trophy aloft following their 8-7 victory over France at Eden Park in Auckland as an adoring home crowd look on.

McCaw victory parade

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Parade

Thousands line the streets of Auckland as the New Zealand team led by McCaw take part in a celebration parade, after winning the Web Ellis trophy for the second time.

Might of McCaw

Australia New Zealand Rugby Bledisloe Cup

The All Blacks skipper drives over the line in a Bledisloe Cup match in 2013 in Sydney, evading Australia’s Michael Hooper. New Zealand went on to win 47-29 with McCaw playing a huge part in the victory, helping to secure bragging rights over their Southern Hemisphere rivals.

Taking a time out

South Africa New Zealand Test Rugby

McCaw is pictured signing autographs for fans in 2013 at Ellis Park Stadium ahead of their final Test rugby match against South Africa.

Royal welcome

Royal Visit to Australia and NZ - Day 7

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge listen to a speech from Richie McCaw at the Rippa Rugby tournament at the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin during the seventh day of their official tour to New Zealand.

Drive and determination

Britain Rugby England New Zealand

McCaw holds off England’s Dylan Hartley to score in a 2014 international match at Twickenham.

Hacking the Springboks

Britain Rugby WCup New Zealand South Africa

McCaw leads the Haka before a 2015 Rugby World Cup match against South Africa in the semi-final.

Bowing out on a high

Britain Rugby WCup New Zealand Australia

In his last act as All Blacks skipper, McCaw captains New Zealand to a consecutive World Cup final win, this time over Australia, recording a convincing 34-17 victory.


Check out our 2015 Rugby World Cup archive and look back on some of the best moments



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.