• Switch Edition
May 13 down the years
McCaw takes All Blacks reins
New All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw shakes hands with coach Graham Henry, May 13, 2006
Richie Mcaw was unveiled as All Blacks skipper on this day in 2006 © Getty Images

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."

Jeremy Guscott scored three tries on his England debut. In only a few years, Romania had gone backwards in rugby, no longer the country that could beat France, Wales, and Scotland. Even at home, they were no match for a supercharged England back line, in which black winger Chris Oti scored four tries. Simon Hodgkinson's 19 points included eight conversions.

Saracens centre Tom Shanklin became the first back to be signed by new Welsh region Cardiff Blues. Shanklin had won 12 caps for Wales and lined up with fellow internationals Iestyn Harris, Jamie Robinson, Rhys Williams and Craig Morgan in an impressive back-line. International forwards Ben Evans, Craig Quinnell and Gareth Williams had already joined in the new squad.

On their first overseas Test tour Ireland are beaten 24-8 by South Africa at Cape Town in the only international of the visit. Ben-Piet van Zyl and Colin Greenwood both scored braces for the Springboks, with No.8 Doug Hopwood scoring their fifth try. All of Ireland's points came from fullback Tom Kiernan, who converted his own try and landed a penalty in front of 35, 000 at Newlands.

Ireland become the first Home Union to win a Test in the southern hemisphere, defeating Australia 11-5 in Sydney. Centres Paddy McGrath and Jerry Walsh were the heroes with a try apiece, while skipper and fullback Tom Kiernan weighed in with a conversion and a drop-goal. Australia's points came via a try from legendary scrum-half Ken Catchpole and a conversion from Jim Lenehan.

Leicester won the inaugural Zurich Championship final, beating Bath 22-10 in front of 33,500 spectators at Twickenham. The much-maligned Championship final was seen by many as a dress-rehearsal for Leicester's Heineken Cup final meeting with Munster a week later, and the Tigers eased to victory thanks to tries from Martin Johnson, Austin Healey and Winston Stanley.

The Cavaliers got their tour back on course following defeat in the first Test against South Africa. The New Zealand team's dirt-trackers defeat Natal 37-24 with Robbie Deans landing four goals.

The deadline for bids for hosting the 2011 RWC. The IRB confirm that bids have been lodged by New Zealand, Japan and South Africa.

All four Lions three-quarters are try-scorers in the tourists' 24-9 defeat of Buller at Westport.

© Scrum.com
Live Scores