All Blacks legend Richie McCaw has revealed the toughest opponent he shared the field with in his illustrious rugby career.
The former captain is widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest, having led New Zealand to two World Cup victories as well as amassing an impressive 148 tests caps, with 110 as skipper.
Speaking in a Q+A with World Rugby, McCaw’s revealed former Wallabies flanker George Smith as the one he feared most on the field, saying Smith “was always pretty tough”.
Smith was a great contributor to Australian rugby in the modern era, playing in 111 tests across 13 years donning the green and gold jersey. 24 of those tests were against the All Blacks, of which Smith triumphed in seven – but only three in which McCaw also played.
McCaw had earlier revealed that his respect for Smith goes back a long way.
“I remember playing him when I was in the under 19s against Australia and remember then thinking just what a good player he is.”
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