Richie McCaw named World Rugby's Men's Player of the Decade

08/12/2020

Legendary former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has officially been named World Rugby's Men's Player of the Decade.

The back to back World Cup winner saw off some exceptional opposition for the title from the likes of fellow All Blacks Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Brodie Retallick as well as former French skipper Thierry Dusatoir and Ireland first-five Johnny Sexton.

McCaw reitred from professional rugby in 2015 following the successful defence of New Zealand's World Cup crown.

McCaw was also named in the Men's Team of the Decade, along with several of his former teammates.

Owen Franks, Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Carter, Ma'a Nonu and Ben Smith were also named in the 15-man selection.

Black Ferns superstar Portia Woodman was named Women's Sevens Player of the Decade, while also being selected in the Women's Team of the Decade.

She was joined by former national skipper Fiao'o Fa'amausili, current skipper Eloise Blackwell, Linda Itunu, Kendra Cocksedge and Kelly Brazier.

Woodman was also nominated for Women's XVs Player of the Decade, but missed out to French great Jessy Tremouliere, but she did win the Try of the Decade award for her stunning effort against the United States in 2017.