New Zealand PM tips knighthood for McCaw

2011-08-09 09:38

Wellington – Prime Minister John Key says he hopes All Blacks captain Richie McCaw receives a knighthood if he leads New Zealand to victory at the Rugby World Cup in October.

Key told reporters at a briefing on World Cup preparations that he “can’t think of anything more joyous than Sir Richard McCaw”.

He said there was “massive pressure” on the All Blacks because New Zealanders were desperate to see their team, consistently ranked No. 1 in the world, win the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

“Personally I think they’re going to win. I think McCaw’s a great captain,” Key said, noting the home support and depth in the squad.

England coach Clive Woodward was knighted after his team won the 2003 World Cup.

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