The Real McCaw

The Real McCaw : The Autobiography of Richie McCaw

By (author) Richie McCaw

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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 Final, he crowned a ten 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.

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 703.06g
  • 08 Nov 2012
  • Aurum Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1781310335
  • 9781781310335
  • 10,880

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Since RICHIE McCAW's debut in 2001 the All Blacks have won seven Tri Nations titles, completed three successful Grand Slam tours and won the Bledisloe Cup eight times as well as the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He is the All Blacks most capped player of all time and has been named the International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year a record three times.

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'His story is not just a brutal account of life on the front line, but an exhilarating portrait of modern rugby.' News Letter (Belfast) 'McCaw's book offers an intriguing and unflinching insight into leading the All Blacks in a home World Cup' Guardian 'Thanks to one of the finer rugby brains of all time and some excellent wording from co-writer Greg McGee, a riveting rugby read it most definitely is.' Planet Rugby 'Beautifully written. Sports bios are usually droll affairs. This one is different.' Irish Independent

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