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McCaw to be rested – Richie McCaw will be rested for the first two weeks of Super Rugby.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder confirmed that McCaw will be rested for their opening two games against the Blues and Hurricanes. All Blacks coach Graham Henry wants to manage McCaw’s workload heading into the World Cup. The flanker will still train with the squad during his two-week layoff.

McCaw will be the only Crusader to be rested this season. Last year, Brad Thorn was also rested for two weeks but the lock is expected to start against the Blues.

While most of the Crusaders players have started training this week, several of their All Blacks (Dan Carter, Kieran Read, Sonny Bill Williams, McCaw and Thorn) will only return on 31 January.