Source: All Blacks
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Lincoln University in Christchurch.
The honour, which will be bestowed upon McCaw on April 20 next year at the institutions graduation ceremony, said that the World Cup winning skipper will be given a “natural resources” doctorate.
McCaw’s citation is as follows:
Richard (Richie) McCaw, Honorary Doctor of Natural Resources: Richie McCaw, captain of the world champion All Blacks, has achieved the highest distinction possible in his sport of rugby by leading his team to victory in the 2011 Rugby World Cup tournament.
As an individual player he became the first All Black to achieve 100 test caps, has been International Rugby Board International Player of the Year on three occasions, and was New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in 2010.
His achievements for the Canterbury provincial and Crusaders Super 15 teams have been similarly outstanding.
Richie has received the highest accolades for his leadership and is widely regarded as a role model for young people. Recognition for sport is consistent with the leadership role Lincoln University has taken in recreation and sports management over many years.