RICHIE McCaw is the New Zealand All Blacks’ most capped player of all time.
During the 2011 World Cup he reached 100 caps and has played over 60 tests as captain.
When the All Blacks beat France in the final, he crowned a 10-year career that started with a man-of-the-match performance against Ireland in 2001.
Unquestionably the greatest player of his generation, he is arguably the most talented rugby player of all time.
In his autobiography, McCaw recounts for the first time, with brutal honesty, the roots of his family life that defined his character – learning to play the game on the family farm in South New Zealand and being inspired to fly gliders by his war hero grandfather – and how it gave him the strength to emerge from the lowest moment in his career to become the most successful captain world rugby has ever seen. Unafraid of playing the game right at the edge and putting his body on the line for his team mates, McCaw has set the standard of what a professional rugby player should be. Hugely popular and respected, his sheer presence means that he is a natural leader of men both on and off the pitch and his story is not just a brutal account of life on the front line, but an exhilarating portrait of modern rugby.
The Real McCaw: The Autobiography of Richie McCaw by Richie McCaw. Published by Aurum Press, Hardback, priced £20