McCaw will be rested for Stormers




Crusaders captain Richie McCaw will be rested for the week’s Super 14 rugby clash with the Stormers in what coach Robbie Deans insists is a planned move.

“It’s been part of the plan from the outset,” Deans said.

McCaw had to retire in the second half of the Perth match with a cut around his eye in the second half.

But injury is not a factor in the Stormers selection call. “He’s fine, but I think, with the cumulative effect, the timing is good.” Deans said his skipper “would rather have come off a better performance , but that’s the way it is.”

This will be McCaw’s second sabbatical of the season. “We are just managing our guys as we would do every year,” Deans said.

Deans will not announce his starting line-up until closer to kick-off.

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