Arise Sir Richie – Will McCaw Finally Accepted A Knighthood?

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Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that All Black skipper Richie McCaw will be offered a knighthood after leading New Zealand to two Rugby World Cup wins, describing him as “truly one of the all-time greats of the game”.

He indicated coach Steve Hansen was also likely to be offered a knighthood when he retires from coaching.

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Labour leader Andrew Little concurred with both suggestions.

Mr Key spoke to the Herald yesterday soon after leaving the All Blacks’ dressing room and before catching a flight home from the Rugby World Cup final in London.

Asked what he had said to McCaw after the game, Mr Key said: “I just said, ‘Job done’.”

He said he should savour the moment because he was truly one of the game’s all-time greats.

“His leadership and his belief in that team and his individual ability were such a huge part basically of delivering the dream of back-to-back World Cup victories,” Mr Key said.

Read more on NZ Herald.

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