BREAKING: McCaw to start in All Blacks Bledisloe team

Richie McCaw has shocked the sporting community after an announcement from the All Blacks camp that he will be wearing the number 8 jersey in this weekend’s game against Australia.

After going into retirement in 2015, McCaw has had a lot of time on the sidelines, after speaking with his wife Gemma she has told Stuffed “He get’s bloody bored on the farm, rugby is his passion not milking cows and quite frankly with Fonterra’s milk prices at the moment, he needs to get back on the field!”

This will be McCaw’s first test for the AB’s after helping the All Blacks claim victory in the 2015 Rugby World

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The All Blacks team has been named to play Australia in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test of the Investec Rugby Championship in Sydney on Saturday with Sam Whitelock to bring up his century of Tests.

1. Joe Moody (34)
2. Codie Taylor (32)
3. Owen Franks (98)
4. Brodie Retallick (68)
5. Samuel Whitelock (99)
6. Liam Squire (17)
7. Sam Cane (55)
8. Richie McCaw– captain (148)
9. Aaron Smith (74)
10. Beauden Barrett (64)
11. Rieko Ioane (16)
12. Ryan Crotty (37)
13. Jack Goodhue (1)
14. Waisake Naholo (19)
15. Ben Smith (67)

16. Nathan Harris (13)
17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (3)
18. Tim Perry (0)
19. Scott Barrett (19)
20. Ardie Savea (25)
21. TJ Perenara (45)
22. Damian McKenzie (15)
23. Anton Lienert-Brown (24)

Coach Steve Hansen said the All Blacks needed to step up to start well in this series.

“We’re all excited at what is shaping up to be another classic Bledisloe Cup encounter here in Sydney on Saturday night, I am glad to old mate Richie 1000 jumping back on the field” he said.

“We know that we have to earn the right to perform by preparing well and taking each moment that arises, and that mindset has been reflected in our preparation this week, which has been very good.

Hansen further added: “On behalf of the team, we want to congratulate Sammy on what will be a very special night for him and his family. We’re all very proud of him. He’s been an outstanding contributor to this team for a long time, both on and off the field. To play one Test for the All Blacks is an achievement in itself but to be good enough to be selected and play 100 Tests is a remarkable feat. In doing so, he will join what is a small group of very special All Blacks.”

Hansen also added: “It’s also great to have Brodie and Richie back after their lengthy absences. They both bring special qualities to the team and we look forward to seeing them produce that again in the black jersey.”

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