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.


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.

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