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McCaw’s historic milestone was achieved as he captained the All Blacks to a 37-17 win over northern hemisphere rivals France at Eden Park tonight.
Former All Blacks captain and more recently, former NZRU Board Chairman Jock Hobbs presented McCaw with a special silver cap to commemorate the occasion.
NZRU Board Chairman Mike Eagle said: “With 127 years of All Blacks history, and 1109 names on the All Blacks’ scroll, it is fitting that one of our most successful All Blacks captains is the first to reach this significant milestone. This achievement is particularly special as we celebrate it with him in a Rugby World Cup tournament played on New Zealand soil.
”NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “Tonight has been very special for New Zealand rugby. This is a significant achievement for Richie and everyone associated with his outstanding career. He continues to be a world class player and leader on and off the field. To be the first All Black to play 100 Tests is a remarkable achievement and we are all very privileged to have witnessed this moment in NZ Rugby history.”
All Blacks legend Sir Brian Lochore, who presented McCaw with his Test jersey before tonight’s game, said: “I can’t think of any other player in the modern era who deserves this honour more than Richie. Not only is he great player but he is a fine person as well. I always believed he was going to be a very good player when he was first picked for the All Blacks and that has certainly turned out to be true.”