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All Black legend McCaw to set new world record


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All Black captain Richie McCaw will make history on Saturday in the Bledisloe Cup decider by becoming rugby’s most capped Test player.

McCaw will win his 142nd test in the Bledisloe Cup clash and will overtake former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll who played 141 tests.

The match at Eden Park will most likely be McCaw’s final Test on New Zealand soil as he is expected to retire after the Rugby World Cup.

McCaw has hinted that he will hang up his boots after the world cup but has not confirmed it yet.

The thirty-four-year-old flanker won his first Test cap in 2001 against Ireland and was part of the All Black team that beat Australia in 2003 to reclaim the Bledisloe Cup which they have held ever since.

McCaw said that he has not thought too much about the record Test cap and instead focused on ensuring that New Zealand beat Australia and retain the Bledisloe Cup

“One thing I haven’t allowed is to get caught up in (the record) because I really wanted to train as well as I could to play well on Saturday,” McCaw told AP.

“When you have that focus you don’t get caught up in those what-might-be’s.”

New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen said that McCaw was “probably the greatest player to have played the game in the modern era.”

“Not too many guys get through their career without getting badly injured,” Hansen said.

“There’s a high work-rate involved in playing at openside flanker.

“The thing I marvel at about (McCaw) is the quality of performance week-in week-out is always well into the 90s (per cent).”

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