Best All Time Rugby Player

In the world of rugby, when you think of the best players one name comes instantly to mind -- Richie McCaw. At age 28 this flanker for the Crusaders from New Zealand is an amazing rugby player who leads his team through injuries to the bloody end of every game. He's big enough to take the bashes that he gets around the breakdown quick and skillfully to link with any of the thousands of sets of backs that the opposite team might care to give. If Richie McCaw cheated half as much as his critics claim he does, he would have a pile of splinters in his backside from his time sitting on the bench in “sin bin”.

Trying to sum up this Crusaders’ talents is really futile. You could list a million different ways in which he excels at his sport. But what it really all comes down to is. He is just flat out good. Good enough to be considered the best all time rugby player, which is no little feat considering he is only 28 years old.

Fans all over the world love to watch when Richie McCaw plays rugby. He's been a leader of the Crusaders since 1987. Been to the World Cup several times, and competed in many other challenges and championships. Other rugby team captains such as Gary Whetton, Sean Fitzpatrick and Reuben Thorne are right there with him when it comes to being great captains and great team leaders. But McCaw stands out, even in a crowd such as that.

Is it possible to be such a good player at the sport of rugby that so many people assume that your talent and skill must be the result of cheating? Apparently so. However, Richie McCaw is not a cheater and is as talented as his reputation implies.

The All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.
The All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw. All Blacks vs Wallabies Tri-Nation & Bledisloe Cup 2008. Thanks to djbwhizz on for the picture.

McCall has been playing rugby, since he attended Otago Boys High School and was selected at number eight making impression on the coaches other players and the competition McCaw first made his name in 1998 in the secondary school rugby final. During this game against wrote for a boy’s high school McCaw was a standout on the field.

McCaw is an Openside Flanker and has been recognized as newcomer of the year by the international rugby players Association in 2002 and 2003. He played an outstanding rugby World Cup and won the New Zealand player of the year award at both the 2003 and 2006 Steinlager rugby awards. After a head injury in the middle of 2004, McCaw came back to captain the Canterbury side to a stunning victory over Wellington. He has earned the Air New Zealand NPC Division One player of the year award. The IRB international player of the year award in 2004 and again won the IRB international player of the year award in 2005. In 2008 the Crusaders were once again victorious under McCaw's command. So as we move into 2009 season. I think there's no doubt in anyone's mind that McCaw is the top rugby player in the history of the sport of rugby.

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