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New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has announced his retirement.
The 34-year-old flanker played a world record 148 Tests and led the All Blacks to two World Cup final victories, including last month’s win over Australia. McCaw is also a three-time winner of the World Player of the Year award.
The news, expected for some time, comes 24 hours after the death of iconic All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu.
“It’s time to hang up the boots,” said McCaw. “It has been a hell of a journey over the last 15 years.
“I’ve been privileged to do what I love for so long. Here’s to new adventures.”
Before the news conference to announce McCaw’s retirement those present held a minute’s silence in memory of Lomu, whose death at the age of 40 was described as “a big shock” by McCaw.
“My thoughts and condolences go to his wife and two boys,” added McCaw, a former team-mate of the giant winger.
“When I became an All Black he was in the team. To play with him was amazing. I remember one of my first games, I climbed off the bus and the mob came towards me and I thought ‘this is pretty cool, being an All Black’ but they kept going because they only wanted to be near to Jonah.
“There a lot of people round the world hurting at the loss of a great man.”