All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is expected to announce his retirement from rugby on Thursday.

McCaw, who led New Zealand to victory at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, indicated he would likely retire after this year’s tournament in England but is yet to make a definitive announcement.

His comments immediately after the All Blacks’ Cup final win over Australia suggested the 148-test veteran might be considering continuing his international career.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew says McCaw will make an announcement on his playing future “shortly”.


Tew said McCaw “has asked for a little bit more time before he finally makes a decision and an announcement. He won’t be too far away from getting to that point and I think if we give him a little bit more space and have a little bit more patience we will all be rewarded with the ultimate answer shortly.”

Throughout the World Cup, McCaw stayed hush on his future and said he was simply concentrating on the task at hand.

Asked whether he would throw away his running shoes or relax his diet once he retired, McCaw said he had not thought much about how he would reward himself.

“To be honest, I’ve been really tough on myself in terms of not looking past today,” he said after the final.

“But I am going to enjoy not worrying about those sorts of things.

“I love going for a run because it makes you feel good, but nice not having to. Not having in the back of your mind every day, ‘what do I need to do’ to make sure I’m right for whatever down the track.”

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