McCaw takes All Blacks reins
Richie Mcaw was unveiled as All Blacks skipper on this day in 2006
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Graham Henry carried out the inevitable when he anointed flanker Richie McCaw the new All Blacks captain. In one of the more predictable rugby announcements of recent times, the outstanding Canterbury and Crusaders forward was named to replace Tana Umaga, who announced his retirement the preceding January.
McCaw had been Henry's vice-captain since his coaching reign began more than two years earlier and captained the All Blacks in Tests against Wales in 2004 and Ireland in 2005 - games when Umaga was rested.
"It is a huge honour and a privilege," he said. "I'm pretty excited about what lies ahead, especially my experiences for the last 18 months with the All Blacks have been pretty enjoyable."
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