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McCaw amped for Ellis Park


  • 04 Oct 2013
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw at Ellis Park All Blacks captain Richie McCaw at Ellis Park

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says he is excited about playing his first Test at Ellis Park on Saturday.

McCaw has never played at the ground where the All Blacks last won in 1997.

'Growing up, you heard that this is the place to really test yourself, the reason why they call it Test rugby,' he said. 'This will be my first Test here and the boys and I are pretty excited about it. All the guys have played Super Rugby here, but this will be something pretty different and a really big challenge. The atmosphere will be tough and pretty noisy, it always is when we play in South Africa.'

McCaw insists he is fit to lead the side having missed their matches against the Springboks in Auckland and Argentina in La Plata because of a knee injury.

'I wouldn't push myself to play if I wasn't ready. I have done all I can to get fit and I feel like I am there,' he said, adding that he expected the Boks to come out firing in a match they need to win with a four-try bonus point.

'The first 15 minutes are pretty key, to be honest, and we expect them to come at us, but hopefully our boys will be on the same level. The Rugby Championship is on the line and we just need to stick to our game plan and perform.'

Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

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