Skipper Richie McCaw ran out in Auckland this morning, as South Africans were settling down to a Saturday breakfast, for the second Bledisloe Cup encounter against a Wallaby side cock-a-hoop following last weekend’s stunning 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney.
The enduring nature of the 35-year-old All Black flanker that every international side in the game has learnt to fear is about more than just the world record 142 Tests he will have played by the time he finally gets into the shower.
For as much as the sight of McCaw leading out yet another New Zealand side might fill the rest of the Test nations with trepidation, you cannot help but be a little awed by the uncompromising way in which he has always played the game.
And the unbridled passion he so clearly shows in wearing the All Black jersey. This is very likely McCaw’s last Test on home soil and the rugby world owe him a special salute.