All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has announced his retirement effective immediately at a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand.
The 34-year-old New-Zealander had a fulfilling stint in Rugby Union, becoming the most-capped test player of all-time. He led the All Blacks to two World Cup victories, including last months win over Australia.
The Kiwi will retire with a record 148 tests, with 131 wins, and is the only captain to ever hold the Webb Ellis Cup twice.
McCaw announced his retirement over a Facebook post where he said he can not wait to see what the future brings.
The announcement came just 24 hours after former team-mate and All Blacks star Jonah Lomu passed away. McCaw held a minute silence in memory of Lomu before he released the news.
“My thoughts and condolences go to his wife and two boys,” McCaw said.
“When I became an All Black he was in the team. To play with him was amazing. I remember one of my first games, I climbed off the bus and the mob came towards me and I thought ‘this is pretty cool, being an All Black’ but they kept going because they only wanted to be near to Jonah.
“There are a lot of people round the world hurting at the loss of a great man.”
The three time World Player of the Year is now looking to secure a career as a commercial helicopter pilot. – Ellen Conroy
Top photo of Richie McCaw announcing his retirement from All Blacks official twitter feed.