Richie McCaw Rugby World Cup 2023

To mark 100 days to go to Rugby World Cup 2023, tournament organisers caught up with the only player to captain his country to two titles. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw picks ONE Springbok in Dream XV

All Blacks icon Richie McCaw has named his all-time best Test line-up and it includes just one Springbok – and 10 New Zealanders!

Richie McCaw Rugby World Cup 2023

To mark 100 days to go to Rugby World Cup 2023, tournament organisers caught up with the only player to captain his country to two titles. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

All Blacks icon Richie McCaw has named his all-time best Test line-up and it includes just one Springbok – and 10 New Zealanders!

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McCaw, who played 148 Test for the All Blacks, selected his Dream XV according to the Ruck website, and it includes multiple fellow World Cup and World Player of the Year winners.

McCaw named Schalk Burger among his loose trio which also included Wallaby fetcher George Smith and England’s Richard Hill.

Commenting on Burger’s inclusion, Richie McCaw said: “You can come up against another tough team but never feel like you have had a tough match against your opposite.

“But with Burger you knew where they are going to be and how hard they play near the ball.”

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Completing McCaw’s pack of forwards were former Ireland and British & Irish Lions skipper Paul O’Connell and All Black Brodie Retallick in the second row and an all-New Zealand front row of props Tony Woodcock and Olo Brown, and hooker Dane Coles.

McCaw’s backline featured a number of fellow All Blacks legends including scrumhalf Aaron Smith, flyhalf Dan Carter, outside centre Ma’a Nonu and an all-Kiwi back three of wings Julian Savea and Jonah Lomu and fullback Christian Cullen.

The only surprise – and non-All Black in the backline – was England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson named in the No 12 jersey.

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McCaw started 141 of his 148 Tests and was on the winning side a staggering 131 times (89%). He only lost 15 Tests and drew two.

Richie McCaw held several world records

In addition, McCaw said goodbye to the game having played 145 Super Rugby matches for the Crusaders, winning four Super Rugby titles – three as captain.

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Among the notable world records he held upon retiring were: Won more Tests than any other player (131), scored more Test tries than any other forward (27), and won more Rugby World Cup Tests than any other player (20).

He was also the most-capped captain in world rugby (110), and won the most Test wins as captain (97).

Alongside his two Rugby World Cup triumphs, McCaw won seven Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship titles and 10 Bledisloe Cup series, and captained two All Blacks Grand Slam tours.

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