James Mortimer 09.Sep.2011Getty Images
McCaw has slowly but surely began to hit his straps this year, and while he may have been caught out by the Wallabies ferocious opening in the deciding Investec Tri Nations test, he typically led from the front with the All Blacks fight back in the second half.
From having screws inserted in his foot earlier in the year to having a disrupted Investec Super Rugby campaign, the most capped forward in All Blacks history is pretty happy with his own form.
This is despite some, such as Stephen Jones, saying that perhaps McCaw is past his prime, while others, like former All Blacks Josh Kronfeld, suggested that David Pocock is now the best openside in the game.
McCaw told stuff.co.nz he only wanted to worry about his own form.
"It's been not too bad,” he said
“I missed a few games earlier in the year and it's taken a few games to get going again. But I feel like things are alright. I've still got room for improvement, but not too bad."
This tournament will be an important one for the All Blacks captain.
If he is able to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, he will confirm himself as arguably the greatest captain in the game, and he said he desperately wanted to be successful in triumphing on the world’s biggest stage.
“Everyone is a bit different but what I want to be able to do, and I guess you say that particularly in a World Cup, is to go out and perform to your absolute best,” he said.
“It's a stage where everyone is at their peaks and if you want to succeed, you have to be. That's what motivates me, to test yourself in the toughest environments. If you can succeed in that, that's when you can be satisfied.”
“The World Cup is the best opportunity to do that.”
With the All Blacks running out onto the hallowed turf of Eden Park for their final captain’s run, their captain said they were jumping out of their skins.
"It's been a long time coming,” he said.
“Just being around Auckland this week with everyone coming and getting excited just adds to our excitement. I think we have had a good week. We have covered a few things and the guys are just excited to get stuck in."