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Richie McCaw, the captain of the New Zealand rugby team, must be thinking these days that life is all about unexpected occurring, say the experts. When in October 2011, Richie lifted the trophy Webb Ellis Trophy at the Eden Park, and then rugby experts across the world thought that McCaw probably is the best captain in a rugby team could ever have. It is hard to keep the reputation intact. But Richie McCaw has done it all to win 100 test caps According to the teammates of McCaw; he is the man behind the speed of the game.
The 33 year old players have stretched a lot during his captaincy stint with the All Blacks team. In 2000, when McCaw debuted into the international rugby, then he was just 20. He played seven matches for the Canterbury. Then after seeing his bright performance, John Mitchell, then coach of the Canterbury rugby team, chose McCaw for the tour in Ireland in 2001. Against the Irish in a crucial match, though at the beginning NZ was trailing in the game with 16-7 but later they clinched an exciting win with 40-29 and not only this, McCaw was names the man of the match. In the 2003 world cup, when McCaw was playing as a regular of the All Blacks, then he led the world cup squad. In the Crusaders also, McCaw leads them successfully. There has been a lot of speculation about the captaincy of All Blacks in 2008.
In that year, Robbie Deans, in spite several pressures retained McCaw as the team captain. According to experts, Richie McCaw is one of the finest open side flanker players of all time. Now it is time to see whether McCaw can continue his form and captaincy in the impending world cup.
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The franchises who will participate in the Super Rugby 2016 will not have to make any kind of sacrifice for the expansion of the tournament as said by the boss of Sanzar Greg Peters. He also told The Weekend that it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to decide whether a team from Argentina will play in this tournament or not.
Previously there have been various Argentinian teams who have participated in this championship but it is to be seen whether the green signal is given for 2016 or not. In addition to this another South African franchise is also being looked into whether they can be the sixth African franchise in 2016. So far Puma, Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks have been able to maintain their position quite comfortably but for the ones who are new it is becoming really difficult. Peters also added that if they do choose a South African franchise or a team then people would suggest that they are reining the African rugby and moreover they would also blame them for entering into local politics. So the situation is a mess right now and the final decision is yet to be made.
In the present format the Southern Kings and the Johannesburg based Lions are competing against each other for the promotion relegation battle. When asked about this he said that it would be best if both of them participate but if that is done then the number of teams would go up to 17. Peters added that the only solution which he can see right now is to remove one of the franchises from Australia but then again seeing the financial condition of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa it would be hard to decide which franchise they would be cancel.