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“World-class throughout” – Richie McCaw’s all-time dream team is something special


  • 1. Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
  • 2. Dane Coles (New Zealand)
  • 3. Olo Brown (New Zealand)

McCaw on Woodcock: “If you’re looking for a night out, stay away from Tony Woodcock or go and see Tony Woodcock. He’s been on the same team as me since I was 18, we played in age grade together.”


  • 4. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
  • 5. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)


  • 6. Richard Hill (England)
  • 7. Schalk Burger (South Africa)
  • 8. George Smith (Australia)

McCaw on Hill: “Extremely gifted player who had all the ability in the world. When England needed someone to dig in he was your man. He had the full tool bag and quietly got on with it.”

McCaw on Smith: 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”.

“I remember playing him when I was in the under 19s against Australia and remember then thinking just what a good player he is.”

McCaw on Burger: “You can come up against another tough team but never feel like you have had a tough match against your opposite. But with Burger you knew where they are going to be and how hard they play near the ball.”