Richie McCaw is among the finest captains and players in rugby history. His passionate Kiwi spirit has made him one of New Zealand’s most beloved sporting figures.
In his 14-year professional rugby career McCaw has achieved unrivalled success as a leader and inspirational player. He has led Canterbury provincial, Crusaders Super rugby and All Blacks teams to top-flight success.
As All Blacks captain, McCaw won two Rugby World Cups (2011 and 2015), 10 Bledisloe Cups, four Tri Nations titles and three Rugby Championship trophies. His 148 matches for the All Blacks make him the most capped player of all time, winning 89% of the games in which he played. He captained the All Blacks on a record 111 occasions, leading the team to victory on 98 occasions.
McCaw was named International Rugby Board Player of the Year a record three times, having been nominated on eight occasions.
Off the field Richie devotes much of his time to helping other Kiwis. He has fundraised for the Christchurch rebuild and Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. As patron of the Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust, McCaw helped raise $200,000 for research into the development of a cure for spinal cord injury.
In 2009, McCaw and fellow All Blacks Dan Carter and Ali Williams set up the For Everyone Charity. Now called iSPORT, it works with schools, and local, regional and national sporting bodies to support young sportspeople and teams to succeed in their chosen fields. It provides a platform for individuals and community sports groups to raise money for essential items such as kit, uniforms, boots, equipment and travel. iSPORT has also recently partnered with Paralympics New Zealand to help young disabled Kiwis excel in sport.