Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:25p.m.
By Jim Kayes
Richie McCaw admits he wasn’t at his best as a captain when the All Blacks tumbled out of last year’s Tri-Nations.
“Last year came about because I was injured. That set things up for the year. I’m using excuses here, annoyed with myself for allowing that,” says McCaw.
Not this year with McCaw at the forefront of the All Blacks return to dominance.
“I think I’ve perhaps become a wee bit more demanding rather than hoping,” says McCaw.
And while many might wonder if there’s any room improvement left in McCaw’s game, he’s confident there always will be.
And former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick the man whose record he’s matched says McCaw’s greatest strength is his consistency.
“He’s just out there week in week out, and that’s what Richie is,” says Fitzpatrick.
And after 51 tests in charge, McCaw says he enjoys the pressure of being All Blacks captain.
“You want to test yourself. I do really enjoy it,” he says.
And he’ll enjoy it even more if the All Blacks wrap up the Tri-Nations on Sunday with a third win against the Springboks.
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