All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has started work on his biography with award-winning scriptwriter and author Greg McGee.
"I was never quite sure about writing a book," McCaw says, "but I must say I'm finding the process, and working with Greg, exciting."
McCaw is keen to reassure rugby fans the book should not be regarded as an extended farewell note. After the thrill of World Cup victory his appetite for rugby is undiminished, his foot injury is healing well, and he should be back in the game in weeks, rather than months.
McGee wrote one of New Zealand's most successful and critically acclaimed plays, Foreskin's Lament, in 1980, and is about release a new novel, Love & Money.
He acknowledges he may not have been the obvious choice to write McCaw's book, but he's no stranger to writing non-fiction.
A qualified lawyer, he researched the Erebus disaster in depth with judge Peter Mahon for a 1988 television mini-series, Erebus The Aftermath, and in 1995, with Tom Scott, interviewed former Prime Minister David Lange for Fallout, a mini-series examining the events leading up to Lange taking New Zealand to an anti-nuclear stand.
Both won McGee television writing awards.
"When I was offered the chance to work with Richie I was very keen to do so. He's an intelligent, engaging, likeable guy, and the only question I had was how committed he was to doing the book. When I talked to him and found he was ready to do so I was delighted."
McGee was a talented rugby player, a Junior All Black No8 in 1972, when the team played against the All Blacks in Wellington and toured Australia undefeated.
In 2007 he interviewed McCaw for a lengthy magazine article, and they have mutual friends in north Otago, where they both grew up.
"As the All Blacks captain, Richie, by necessity, has to be fairly guarded. So to talk at length with him for the book has been a real pleasure."
McCaw says the huge support the All Blacks received during the World Cup encouraged him to share his experiences with the public.