Richie McCaw played against some great players during his 148 cap test career, writes the Pundit Arena.
Having began his test career in 2001, Richie McCaw played against some great players and teams during his 14 years playing international rugby.
Not only was he part of the All Black side that struggled against Australia during the early part of the 2000s, but a member of the New Zealand team that lost at home to England in 2003. Therefore you might expect the legendary flanker to pick either of those sides as being the best team he ever played against
Indeed, considering that England went onto to win the World Cup that year with players such as Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Johnson and Jason Robinson playing at the peak of their powers, and Australia were fielding the likes of George Greegan, Chris Latham, George Smith and Matt Giteau, McCaw would have been forgiven for selecting either of those teams.
However the former New Zealand flanker surprised some by selecting the 2009 Springbok team. Nevertheless, it is worth remembering that in 2009, South Africa defeated the All Blacks on three occasions during the Tri Nations.
Not only did Peter de Villiers’s team dominated All Blacks with powerful for forwards such as Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira, but hit them in the wider channels with Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers and François Steyn.
It’s hard to top that.