Published Date: 01 December 2008
TWO OF the biggest names in world rugby took time out of their tour to pop into Pulborough Rugby club last Wednesday (November 26).
All Blacks stars Richie McCaw and Dan Carter delighted a crowd of 200 youngsters and parents at the club just three days before both were instrumental in the 32-6 mauling of England at Twickenham.
Kiwi captain McCaw and fly-half Carter – regarded by many as the two most outstanding players currently playing the game - spoke to the juniors about their current tour and held a question and answer session before posing for photographs and signing rugby memorabilia.
Club president Jim North said: "It was a huge thrill for our young players to meet and listen to these two superstars of international rugby and we are immensely grateful to both of them for taking time out of a hectic tour schedule and to club member and local businessman Michael Watt for organising their visit to us."
The result against England on Saturday – in which Carter kicked five penalties and one conversion – gave a dominant New Zealand their third 'Grand Slam' having already beaten Scotland, Ireland and Wales in the tour.It also compounded England's miserable Autumn tour which saw them also lose heavily to Australia and South Africa.