'Not time to retire' - Richie McCaw stays tight-lipped on future

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has refused to call time on his glittering career after becoming the first man to skipper a side to two Rugby World Cup triumphs.

McCaw, in his 148th appearance for the All Blacks, was expected to announce he was hanging up his boots in the wake of the 34-17 victory over the Wallabies at Twickenham.

But the 34-year-old, who made his international debut in 2001, was non-committal about his future plans after the proudest day of his career.

I still don't want to think about it, McCaw said. - Richie McCaw

Instead the only three-time world player of the year preferred to bask in the glory and let teammates savour the moment.


How could you get enough of this? - Richie McCaw

"Look at the moment, I am still proud of this team. I am going to enjoy today. 

"We will worry about that after today. I just want to enjoy having played a wonderful World Cup final here with a great bunch of men.

"I am so proud of having been able to wear this jersey again today. I don't think you ever have enough of it. If you get moments like this, why would you ever call it a day?"

McCaw said the All Blacks had to use all of their experience and composure to withstand an inspired second half from the Wallabies after fullback Ben Smith was sin-binned.

"I knew the momentum was against us," he said.

"But we have been in those situations before and it's a matter of not panicking and doing the simple things.

"We played some damn good rugby there. We lost a bit of momentum in the second half, but we kept our composure.

"We came home strong which has been the mark of this team for the past four years.

"We said four years ago after the last one that we'll get on the road again and with this being the end goal, playing at Twickenham in a World Cup final, to try and do something no one else has done."
 



Champagne flows as Richie McCaw's hometown Kurow celebrates World Cup victory

The North Otago township was toasting their famous son after this morning's win in London. Source: 1 NEWS

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Irresistible Dan Carter drives All Blacks to World Cup glory

The All Blacks have survived a tenacious Wallabies counter attack to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups, with Dan Carter topping any previous career highlight with his dominant display.

The first-five star's late drop goal to give a seven-point buffer followed by his mammoth 50 metre penalty will go down in memory amongst his 19 points, his whole performance a stand out on the grandest stage.

At 21-3 with half an hour to play, it was beginning to be a cakewalk but a yellow card to Ben Smith with half hour to go turned the match completely. A composed finish and Carter's moment of magic sealed the result, 34-17.

It was the All Blacks' game to win from the beginning and the first to set the tone was Jerome Kaino and his crunching tackle in the first minute put the Wallabies immediately on the back foot.

It was all black for the Wallabies until five minutes in and Kieran Read's recoiled in pain, clutching his right ankle – the signs weren't good for medical staff as the attrition rate ramped up quickly.

Contact was brutal and as well as bloodied noses by the quarter mark, Kane Douglas was gone, Matt Giteau was gone and Read was battling on.

Sonny Bill's impact

Lauded all tournament, the Wallabies defence continued to defy and covered the lateral attacks for the most part, Scott Sio lucky to be a participant after two targeted hits on Carter.

The strategic cheap shots had little impact and Carter was perfectly on song off the tee - four from four and all from wide out.

The possession stats began to really hurt the Wallabies and the continuity from the All Blacks pack was building, Retallick and Kaino breaking lines with their smart gap running.

The pressure told and as they are prone to do, the All Blacks struck on the collar of half time, an intelligent use of the ball putting Nehe Milner-Skudder over unhindered in the corner.

The Smiths, Aaron and Conrad conspired to work their winger in with a training-ground schooling on space manipulation.

16-3 at the break was fair and despite the margin, a compliment to the Wallabies who thwarted countless raids – time and erosion was working against them however.

Cometh the second half and cometh Sonny Bill Williams, igniting the All Blacks' attack from his first signature touch.

A second offload in traffic paid huge dividends and outgoing veteran Ma'a Nonu saw the field open up ahead of him….but he had fifty metres to run.

The footwork was astounding and Kurtly Beale went sprawling from the Nonu swerve, Drew Mitchell unable to catch up in cover when the second-five put his foot down for the final twenty metres.

Ben Smith in the bin

At 21-3, the Wallabies looked ripe to be run ragged but there was always going to be a twist in the final's tale.

The All Blacks 22 was finally entered and the complexion of the match was twisted on its head in the space of thirty seconds.

A tip tackle put Ben Smith in the bin and instantly, the line out drive prospered, David Pocock on the ball. Nothing to worry about just yet for All Blacks fans?

Composure returned albeit briefly, Smith's ten minutes was coming to an end but Tevita Kuridrani took the invitation to make the All Blacks pay, his try from loose play a fright scarier than any Halloween costume.

Fifteen men rallied and an upfield surge was full of promise, Carter seizing the opportunity to stamp his mark on the outcome with a snap 35 metre drop goal that was never missing.

Yelling at the ball to get over, Carter had made it a seven point cushion and in a career that had seen a lot of highlight moments, this was well on its way to being his defining moment.

Did it kill off the Wallabies revival though? Carter's 50 metre penalty with five minutes to go sure did and a miracle comeback was unlikely.

For good measure and to crown themselves before the final whistle did, Beauden Barrett slid in, his smile saying it all, this team certain to go down as the greatest ever All Blacks unit.

All Blacks 34 (N.Milner-Skudder, M.Nonu, B.Barrett tries; D.Carter 4 pens; 2 cons; DG)

Wallabies 17 (D.Pocock, T.Kuridrani tries; B.Foley pen; 2 cons)

HT: 16-3