McCaw backs Cup blunders

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has backed his captaincy decisions in last year’s World Cup.

An independent report reviewing New Zealand’s Cup campaign revealed that McCaw ignored some of coach Graham Henry’s instructions. In the quarter-final loss against France, Henry ordered McCaw to set-up for a drop-kick, but the skipper chose to persist with trying to score a try or win a penalty.

The report also stated that the “leadership model” failed to deliver in the closing minutes and that the team didn’t ensure that the right decisions were taken. But when the report was released last week Henry backed the captain’s decision, and now McCaw has also chosen this stance.

“You always think about those things. The next time you are in that situation you might do something different,” McCaw told the press about not attempting the drop-goal.

“But that is the decision you make on the day and you just have to live with them.”

There has been much criticism since the report was released on Friday, some of it revolving around McCaw’s ability to lead the team from flank. McCaw has however laughed off these suggestions.

“I guess I am like anyone, no matter what position – you have got to learn as you go. I have never said that I have stopped learning. You are learning every time you go out onto the field.

“I don’t see it as being a problem but I guess everyone has got their opinion.”