Richie McCaw movie Chasing Great premieres in Auckland - Ruck

Richie McCaw movie Chasing Great premieres in Auckland

  • Former All Black skipper Richie McCaw has talked to the media about the film Chasing Great
  • He singles out scenes of him leading his pet lamb to a primary school pet day as particularly “cringe”
  • “It was one of those things that if you’re going to do this, you’ve got to do it properly,” McCaw said.
He may have been a reluctant movie subject, but Richie McCaw has embraced the red carpet forChasing Great‘s premiere at Auckland’s Civic Theatre.

Speaking after the premiere of Chasing Great, a documentary chronicling the career of the 148-test legend, McCaw said his feelings towards the media changed over time.

“Theres things you’ve got to do as a rugby player that you never imagined you would have to do.

“All the media interviews, all the sponsorship stuff, perhaps at times when things haven’t gone so good, particularly when I started, we saw that as this thing that you didn’t really like doing.

“We changed our whole attitude because that’s part of being a rugby player now, especially in New Zealand, that’s how you make rugby work. If you approach it with the right attitude it’s just part of what you do.

“We rely on how we’re able to function from the support we get from the fans, and that’s a way of making sure that can happen.”

McCaw said he was nervous at the film’s premiere but was pleased with how the final product turned out, despite cringing at one of the scenes.

“[The most cringe-worthy scene] was probably when I was sitting there doing the crossword, they told me just do what you normally do.”

He said the film crew, led by directors Michelle Walshe and Justin Pemberton, were not a distraction in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup.

“There’s no way I would’ve considered doing it if I thought there would be any impact at all on how I was going to perform, and we made sure that was the case.”


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