New Zealand rugby
Richie McCaw to return with club side
ESPN Staff
June 12, 2013
New Zealand's Richie McCaw hits the weights ahead of his side's clash with Wales, Cardiff University Sport and Exercise Centre, Cardiff, Wales, November 19, 2012
Richie McCaw - starting back down the road to resuming playing © Getty Images

New Zealand's World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw will return to rugby in July by playing for his local club in Christchurch. He has been on a board-approved sabbatical for six months in order to prolong his international career through until the 2015 World Cup.

"That's the plan [to play for local club Christchurch] but how many of them [games] I'm still not sure," McCaw told Fairfax Media. "I want to get through some training and depending on how the Crusaders go ... I want to start playing after I have done 11 or 12 weeks of pre-season and after that I will be ready to play."

McCaw was unsure as to whether he would be available - or even wanted - by the Crusaders towards the end of the current Super Rugby season

"The first thing I have got to worry about is being ready to play, if I am needed. I would never go and play if I was 'almost'. I have got to be right, and it has to be right for the Crusaders too. They have always said, if you are available and ready to go we will look at it. But if I am not needed, that is fine too."

It is expected McCaw, 32, will resume the captaincy at the start of the Rugby Championship in August.

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