This year’s Rugby World Cup has brought tears, smiles and the pubs have had a few visitors as well. Colourful, patriotic shirts and unmistakable chants highlighted the rugby spirit across the UK. For some it became the perfect moment to draw a line under their international careers.
Words: Ludovica D’Angio, Subeditor: Ena Bilobrk, Jack Everitt
The end was marked as New Zealand and Australia met at Twickenham for the final everyone had expected from the start. The All Blacks went home with the cup, winning their second title in a row after starting with a brilliantly executed Haka. Led by their greatest player, Richie McCaw, and their fly-half supreme, Dan Carter.
In the game itself, New Zealand did not disappoint, putting on an incredible display to clinch victory. Carter and McCaw, are one of the finest double acts the rugby world has ever seen. “I think Richie is the greatest All Black we’ve ever had and Dan is a close second”, stated Steve Hansen, New Zealand’s coach.
Word has been out that McCaw was to retire after yesterday’s final, upsetting not only the All Black fans, but also the rest of the Rugby world. Although he is widely expected to retire, the New Zealand captain has revealed he does not want his career to end after the World Cup triumph.
After lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time in four years, McCaw said it was the proudest moment of his career; a moment that could make him reconsider postponing his international retirement. He will make a decision once he returns to his hometown in New Zealand.
“I still don’t want it to end to be honest, I’m just so proud and honoured to wear this jersey again today and I don’t think you can get enough of that. If you get moments like this, why would you ever call it a day?” declared McCaw when confronted about the topic.
Dan Carter on the other hand, will not be playing any more international rugby as he has signed for the French club Racing Mètro. His 19 points in yesterday’s final stretched his record to 1,598 in international rugby.
It will be a tough task to find a duo like McCaw and Carter. But Hansen believes “the opportunity is there for someone else to come through and do better”.