Friday, June 12, 2009

Rugby: Team of '96 back together
By Alistair McMurran on Wed, 10 Jun 2009

Memories came flooding back for All Black captain Richie McCaw when he met officials from the 1996 Otago under-16 rugby team yesterday.

McCaw was the guest speaker at the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association and the Otago Boys High School Foundation breakfast at the Alhambra-Union clubrooms yesterday.

The manager of the team Gary Wheeler had kept the age document that McCaw was obliged to produce to play in the annual South Island tournament at Ashburton. It showed that McCaw was born on December 31, 1980 and was eligible.

McCaw was a pupil at Otago Boys High School in 1996 and the long term school First XV coach Brian Ashwin coached the Otago under-16 team at that time.

Another member of the team was Jason Macdonald who was the hooker in the Crusaders Super 14 team that was captained by McCaw this year.

Canterbury beat Otago in the final of the under-16 tournament in 1996.

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