allblacks.com - (28/04/2010)
One of world rugby's leaders of the game will celebrate a playing milestone this weekend with Crusaders and All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw set to play his 100th Super Rugby match.
McCaw, 29, is scheduled to lead his team on to the field for his milestone game when the Crusaders face the Stormers in Cape Town in week 12 of the Rebel Sport Super 14.
He made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2001 against the Hurricanes as a fresh-faced 20-year-old and since then has helped drive the Crusaders to Super Rugby championship titles in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
McCaw, who has scored 22 tries so far in his Crusaders career, will join an exclusive club of 10 other New Zealand Super Rugby centurions: Tana Umaga, Justin Marshall, Anton Oliver, Caleb Ralph, Greg Somerville, Reuben Thorne, Doug Howlett, Leon MacDonald, Justin Collins and Keven Mealamu.
New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) Chief Executive Steve Tew said 100 games in one competition is a huge accomplishment.
“One hundred games in Super Rugby is a great achievement – but this milestone is particularly special because Richie has played all his Super Rugby for the Crusaders. I congratulate him on this fantastic new mark in his rugby career.
“Richie continues to set a fine example as an ambassador for the game both on and off the field, and wish him well for this weekend’s match,” Mr Tew said.
Crusaders Chief Executive Hamish Riach said they were proud to have a player of McCaw’s calibre remain loyal to the franchise.
“As both a player and leader, Richie has been an inspiration to the Crusaders’ campaigns and we’re incredibly proud that he is about to achieve his 100 matches in red and black Super Rugby colours,” he said.
A special presentation to mark his 100 Super Rugby caps will be made to McCaw after the Crusaders next home game against the Brumbies on 14 May.