New Zealand Rugby
McCaw linked with move abroad
October 23, 2011
McCaw will hope to have the World Cup in his grasp come Sunday © Getty Images
New Zealand Rugby Players' Association (NZRPA) chief executive Rob Nichol believes All Blacks flanker Richie McCaw has not yet decided if he will move overseas after the Rugby World Cup.
McCaw is a national icon in New Zealand but he is likely to be inundated with lucrative offers from sides in England, France and Japan after the tournament, offers that, at 31, the legendary flanker could find difficult to turn down. In addition, McCaw has a clause in his contract which would allow him to enjoy a 'sabbatical' overseas, much like the one that team-mate Dan Carter enjoyed in France with Perpignan in 2008.
Nichol acknowledges that McCaw could well decide to cash in on his superstar status but feels that he could just easily decide to finish his career in his homeland.
"Ask Richie whether he'd move and he wouldn't know right now," he told The Independent. "Sometimes just by doing the common-sense thing and making that overseas option available, it is enough to persuade the player to stay."
However, Simon Porter of Essentially, the agency which represents McCaw, is in no doubt that the New Zealand skipper, along with a number of his international colleagues, will be the subject of much interest from the top clubs in the Aviva Premiership.
"Come January, when recruitment in the UK starts, I anticipate there will be teams in England interested in the top few All Black players," he said.
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