John Key Confirms Richie McCaw Will Be Offered Another Knighthood

Publish Date
Monday, 17 August 2015, 8:27AM
All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw during the rugby test match between the All Blacks and Australia. Photo / Dean Purcell

All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw during the rugby test match between the All Blacks and Australia. Photo / Dean Purcell

It might not be too long until we can call the All Blacks captain Sir Richie McCaw.

Prime Minister John Key has this morning confirmed the record-breaking loose forward will be offered another knighthood.

McCaw previously turned down the chance after the world cup win of four years ago but Mr Key has said in an interview this morning that he would get another offer.

"Whether he would take one, I don't know. The offer was there before and I can't imagine anything has changed."

Mr Key also noted the "Richie for prime minister" banner at Eden Park the other night and said: "I thought, well, not a bad option really".

"He has got a massive brand and you think how successful Colin Meads is now and Richie is at the starting point of that.

"He's articulate, he's an intelligent guy, there's a range of things he could do. I don't know if politics is one of those options. He has a lot of business interests and I'd think he'd pursue one of those."

Later on TV1's Breakfast, Mr Key said, in his opinion, McCaw was the greatest ever All Black.

"As an athlete, you've got to say this guy is a freak."

McCaw is now the most capped rugby international, with 142 test appearances.
The upcoming world cup defence will be his All Blacks farewell.

NZME.